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The CTU’s Strike for Democracy

Lois Weiner Jacobin
The Chicago Teachers Union’s strike today is a challenge to the rest of labor to break anti-union rules.

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Chicago Teachers to Strike for Public Schools and Services

Samantha Winslow Labor Notes
Just in time for the 2016 Labor Notes Conference, the Chicago Teachers Union is planning a one-day strike and citywide day of action April 1. The union’s governing body, the House of Delegates, gave its stamp of approval to the action last night.

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Teachers Union Offers To Compromise On Pensions

Greg Hinz Crain's Chicago Business
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis specifically said the union is willing to consider reducing benefits for those who still are working, although she emphatically ruled out changes for members who already have retired. But such compromise wont come until the city and the school board agree to contribute more to pensions each year in order to at least partially make up for a contribution shortfall that occurred during much of the past two decades.

The War on Public School Teachers

Michael D. Yates The Bullet
If those who are prosecuting this onslaught against our public schools succeed, they will have made workers more insecure, created a compliant, alienated, and low-wage labour force, and devised new ways to make money – a massive testing industry, for-profit schools, consulting services. They will also have put another nail in the coffin of democracy.

Why Workers Should Be Wary About Corporate Wellness

By Steve Early The Nation
Corporate America has long been shifting the burden of medical costs onto workers. Now, under the banner of health promotion, management is making some workers pay more for their insurance based on individual differences in their medical condition or lack of adherence to "wellness" standards.
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