Chicago teachers strike

Submitted by Matthew on 12 September, 2012 - 11:10

Teachers in Chicago, Illinois have launched their first strike for 25 years as they take on city mayor Rahm Emanuel over a raft of issues including potential job losses, changes to healthcare benefits, pay and classroom conditions.

The first day of the strike, on Monday 10 September, saw 434 of the city’s 578 schools shut completely, with the remaining 144 only opening for part of the day.

The teachers’ union, the Chicago Teachers’ Union (CTU), is led by the Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators (CORE), a radical rank-and-file body which has fought for union democracy and militant industrial strategy.

For more on the dispute, see the live blog from US revolutionary socialist group Solidarity here.

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