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In 2012, the Chicago Teachers Union took to the streets and jolted the public education system as well as the American labor movement. The strike marked an unprecedented challenge to the dominant education reform agenda; representing powerful grassroots coalitions between educators and the communities they served, the union demanded justice for both students and teachers.
This week, Belabored examines the history and ongoing impact of that movement with Micah Uetricht, author of Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity (Verso, 2014). We also discuss more recent uprisings by UPS workers in New York and IBM workers in China, along with labor violations by the Pentagon overseas, the White House’s plans to expand overtime pay, and the failings of neoliberal welfare policy and corporate feminism.
Conversation with Micah Uetricht:
Strike for America excerpt at Jacobin
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That!