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Tue Sep 25, 2012, 08:46 AM

Resistance is NOT futile

from The Nation:

Chicago Teachers, Verizon Workers and Quebec's Students Prove That Resistance Works
Allison Kilkenny on September 24, 2012 - 9:27 AM ET

Teachers in Chicago, Verizon workers, and students in Quebec recently proved that not only are strikes and general resistance and dissent essential to any democracy, they also work.

Despite ongoing efforts by private education lobbyists and a complacent national media working to smear teachers as being selfish, greedy leeches on society, educators in Chicago secured a major victory for themselves and their students.

After just nine days on strike, the Chicago teachers union fought for and won a contract that includes hiring more than 600 additional teachers in art, music and physical education, making textbooks available on the first day of school, and bringing the percentage of teacher evaluations that are decided by standardized test scores down to the legal minimum of 30 percent.

CTU is the third biggest union in the country, and this was the first time in twenty-five years the union went on strike, but most importantly: it worked. ..........................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.thenation.com/blog/170107/chicago-teachers-verizon-workers-and-quebecs-students-prove-resistance-works

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