WHY U.S. TEACHERS ARE ON STRIKE
And How They're Winning
Kim Kelly - March 2019
Following 20 months of stalled contract negotiations, on January 14 over 30,000 teachers in L.A., the second-largest school system in the country, went out on strike. This milestone protest took special significance not only for its sheer size, but for the part it played in the growing wave of teachers and other educational workers across the country, who have been standing up for themselves—and their students—via collective action.
In this new piece for RLS–NYC, labor columnist Kim Kelly presents us with a recap of the recent upsurge of protests that are sweeping the American education system in many states, gaining victories for workers and support from communities. According to the author, 2019 it’s already proving to be an incredibly important year for organized labor in the US. By fighting so hard for themselves and for future generations, America’s teachers have shown the rest of the labor movement—and the world—that there is still great power in a union, and we are always stronger together.
After a nine month process that began with the Overcoming Fear: Creating a Trinational Workers Toolkit gathering at UE 506 in Erie, Pennsylvania on November 14 and 15, 2019, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, along with all of our partners who dedicated time and resources to this project, are proud to release our completed Trinational Workers Toolkit. This toolkit is geared toward fostering greater international solidarity to overcome reactionary and right......
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