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It is Trump-ism That Must Be Defeated

Chicago Teachers Union Socialist Project
The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) issued the following statement on November 7, following the election of Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris to the offices of president and vice president of the United States.

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Chicago Teachers Union to Call for Strike Vote at Meeting Next Week

Nader Issa and Fran Spielman Chicago Sun Times
At protests Monday in which the union ramped up its public attacks, CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates, said it’s too dangerous to send students and staff back to schools with COVID-19 cases on the rise.

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It's Time to Make Black Lives Matter in Our Unions

Bianca Cunningham Labor Notes
Workers at a rally with Black Lives Matter Signs Black people have the highest rates of unionization in the United States. But white men hold the most powerful leadership positions, regardless of the make-up of the members themselves.

How Much of a Difference Does the Number of Kids in a Classroom Make?

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach The Conversation
I’ve studied how schools can boost student achievement for more than two decades and I’ve found that smaller classes are better for students. This is especially the case in the early grades and for students from low-income families.

How to Resolve the Chicago Teachers Strike? Tax the Rich.

Amisha Patel and Nathan Ryan In These Times
The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is bringing a holistic approach to bargaining to benefit both their members and students. This means bringing common good demands such as affordable housing and sanctuary schools into the contract negotiations...
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