The American Federation of Teachers recently announced its endorsement of Joe Biden for president. Even by the dismal standards set by the rest of the labor movement, the AFT’s endorsement was comically undemocratic.
Lois Weiner, a member of the New Politics editorial board, is the author of The Future of Our Schools. Teachers Unions and Social Justice.
The Chicago Teachers Union approved the contract that they went on strike for last month. While it’s far from perfect, the contract includes huge victories on multiple fronts. Teachers around the country should study what the CTU achieved — and how they organized within the union itself to achieve it.
Striking educators in Chicago are showing the country how union power can confront and turn back the abhorrent conditions of the neoliberal era.
The Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU Local 73 are on the verge of a strike. Their demands are focused on improving conditions in classrooms — and they’re willing to walk off the job to make it happen.
Bernie Sanders’s education policies are the most progressive of any 2020 candidate. But his platform must reject the pro-business language of “competitiveness” to truly transform the education system.
By following the example of Los Angeles teachers in their recent victorious strike, teachers around the country can roll back free-market education reform.
The Los Angeles teachers strike is part of a growing movement of teachers that have made gains by striking. It's an example for the entire labor movement to follow.
This week's Los Angeles teachers strike starkly poses the question: will the public or privatizers control public education?
This Labor Day, with public opinion firmly in favor of unions and teachers racking up victories across the country, the news for the labor movement is actually hopeful.
Red state teachers are reviving the labor movement’s core values: respect for democracy and the dignity of work.
Despite union officials' post-election justifications, it's clear Hillary Clinton did not deserve labor's support.
This Labor Day, organize for what we need and deserve, not what we’re told we must accept.
The Chicago Teachers Union’s strike today is a challenge to the rest of labor to break anti-union rules.
Unions must act on the principle that if it’s a social justice issue, it’s a labor issue.
The American Federation of Teachers' top-down endorsement of Hillary Clinton is an affront to democratic unionism.
Teachers unions must join the struggle against police violence and for racial equality.
This Labor Day, let’s celebrate our human right to be joyous and playful.
Fighting corporate education reform is less about restoring the old system to its former glory than building a just one for the first time.
Individual activists — no matter how talented — must depend on the movement they represent.
This week, thank a New York City teacher — by urging them to vote “no” on the United Federation of Teachers proposed contract.