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The Massive Teacher Strike in Chicago Is Finally Over

Edwin Rios Mother Jones
The Chicago Teachers' strike is over. Union President Jesse Sharkey said they won "...real changes for our students and school communities." The tentative agreement would put a nurse and a social worker in every school.

“A Union Is an Equalization of Power”

An Interview with Taylor Moore Jacobin
Taylor Moore was fired from Kickstarter for trying to unionize. We spoke to him about the crowdfunding company’s union-busting campaign, the promise of tech worker activism, and the importance of democracy in digital platforms.

GM Workers Ratify Contract Though 'Mixed at Best'

Chris Brooks, Jane Slaughter Labor Notes
Worley worried about the union's future: “They say 'we'll get 'em next time,'” he said, “but there may not be a next time. We lost 30,000 jobs in the last 10 years.”

Middle Class Racism

John Russo and Sherry Linkon Newgeography
A core problem in discussions of racism IS the focus on individual attitudes rather than on structural inequities.

Could Betsy DeVos Cost Trump the Election?

Jennifer C. Berkshire The New Republic
In the three years since Trump turned Michigan red, education has emerged as a potent political issue in the state, thanks to a steady stream of grim studies and embarrassing news stories.