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This is what UNITY looks like!
And also see bornadem's diary: Chicago Teachers Rock!!

Great to see UE out there supporting the teachers!

We Are The UNION! Mighty, Mighty UNION!
Teachers rally at CPS HQ

Teachers March on the South Side

Save Our Schools

"SOS Supports the Chicago Teachers Union and the Children"

March to Save Our Children:

After months of negotiations, the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools have failed to come to an agreement. SOS Supports the Chicago Teachers Union and the Children http://saveourschoolsmarch.com/.... In Chicago,, support for education and educators is strong. Texas parents too are concerned and stand with Chicago teachers, In Canada, New York, and yes, even on the streets of Chicago, Moms, Dad, and the children, students who feel the pain their teachers have taken to the streets to say, "I trust Educators with my children's education...Not politicians and not corporations."

Stickin' to the Union at Pierce Elementary

Enough Is Enough

This is a great video. Photos from past CTU strikes mixed in with photos from Day 1 of the current strike. My favorite sign:

Mis estudiantes escuchan mejor que Rahm.

And reporting from the front lines:
Our very own BobboSphere, a retired teacher and member of the Chicago Teachers Solidarity Campaign Check out this diary for his first hand account of Day 1. Inspiring.
http://www.dailykos.com/...

Some great photos from Day 1
From this diary by accuppajo who set out with his son, both in their red t-shirts, to capture the Spirit of Solidarity alive on the streets of Chicago.
http://www.dailykos.com/...

25,000 Teachers Can Surely Roll the UNION On!

SOLIDARITY,
JayRaye

"We will join hands together for the emancipation of the human race. We do not live for ourselves alone. We are not building here today for now; we are building for long years to come, and the foundation which you lay with..your sore hearts will not perish with the years. It will grow and grow and live, and when the enemies of this organization shall lie mouldering in the grave and the world will have forgotten that they ever lived, your organization and your work will live."
                                                                       -Mother Jones
                                                                         Jan 25, 1901
                                                                         Indianapolis, IN

(Before she was a Union organizer, Mother Jones was a school teacher.)

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

    by JayRaye on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 06:43:54 AM PDT

  •  This is truly inspiring (7+ / 0-)

    It's been so long since we've seen a legitimate work stoppage, and unions flexing their power. To see these teachers fight back is what it means to be an American. I honestly hope they win, and the idiots on the other side cave, but maybe that's pie in the sky. After all, Management always has the upper hand.

    Go CTU!

  •  Which side are you on? (5+ / 0-)
    The solidarity we see right now will get tested by PR campaigns out of the mayor’s office painting the teachers as greedy and students as innocent victims, helped along by Kaplan Test Prep articles imploring us to think of the children. In reality, this is about two different visions on how to educate kids in the 21st century. More than that, it’s about the role of the American worker and how their position has slipped relative to management. It exists on a continuum with Occupy Wall Street and the Wisconsin uprising. It matters.
    •  and let's get real... (4+ / 0-)
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      VetGrl, JayRaye, redlum jak, aliasalias

      Microsoft and other large, profitable corporation are pushing for the total privatization of our public school system. no more teachers... no more bricks and mortar schools... they are sooo archaic and "inefficient".

      it's more or less just like the BULLcrap that went down when Rubin and Greenspan told Bill Clinton "hey. you know, Glass Steagall is sooo archaic.. we just need to get rid of that and 'free up' financial institutions to do what they do best"....

      we see where that got us... $7 TRILLION dollar loss.

      "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

      by Superpole on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 09:12:07 AM PDT

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  •  Great job JayRaye (6+ / 0-)

    And my very biased favorite part?

    Great to see UE out there supporting the teachers!
    I am very proud of my Union, the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America.

    Who are WE?
    UE!

    Just your average every day Autistic hillbilly/biker/activist/union steward with an engineering degree.

    by Mentatmark on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 07:37:51 AM PDT

  •  and.. Ms Randi Weingarten in Chi-Town!! (2+ / 0-)
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    VetGrl, JayRaye
    American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten is scheduled to join local labor leaders at a City Hall press conference late Tuesday to declare their solidarity with striking Chicago teachers.

    Last week, Weingarten appeared before the Illinois delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. and declared that Chicago Public School teachers feel "deeply disrespected." One day after teachers denounced Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a "liar" and a "bully" during a massive Labor Day rally in Chicago, Weingarten urged the two sides in the bitter power struggle to reach common ground.

    Weingarten's decision to make a special trip to Chicago demonstrates the significance of the Chicago strike on the national education reform movement and as the next test of organized labor's strength after the bitter battle in Wisconsin.

    The only question is whether or not Weingarten will play a more direct role in negotiations to help bring the Chicago strike to a conclusion.

    Rahmbo: you just messed up real bad, buddy.

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/...

    "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

    by Superpole on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 08:55:17 AM PDT

  •  Some Chicago School Custodians to Join (1+ / 0-)
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    JayRaye

    teachers in their strike effort!!! yes!

    Service Employees International Union Local 1 today informed companies that employ about 1,800 of its members as custodial workers in city schools that those workers might go out on strike with teachers in 48 hours, according to Jerry Morrison, assistant to the president of SEIU Local 1.

    There currently is no plan for the custodians to strike as a whole, but Morrison said several Local 1 members have indicated they want to be able to make the individual decision to honor the teachers' picket lines. "This notice allows them to do that without violating their contract," Morrison said.
     

    Chicago workers sticking together-- that is what it's all about.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/...

    "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

    by Superpole on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 02:15:41 PM PDT

    •  GO CHICAGO UNIONS! (1+ / 0-)
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      Superpole

      SEIU Local ONE!

      There's a reason that so many Chicago Unions are

      Local ONE!

      Rahm is a fool to pick a fight with Unions in Chicago:

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

      by JayRaye on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 02:38:34 PM PDT

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