Chicago teachers and school staff have been on strike for two days now for lower class sizes, better staffing ratios for counselors and librarians, and more affordable housing for students.
Let’s all follow the example of PS58 in Brooklyn and flood social media with some #RedForEd solidarity photos from all over, with the hashtags #CTUSEIUstrike #PutItInWriting @ctulocal1 and #FairContractNow. Short collective video statements are also great.
Here are some useful resources to help educate your coworkers
- Donate to the Bread for Ed fund to help feed students during the strike.
- Have your colleagues wear these stickers at work to show your support (Print on Avery 5163 label paper / 10 labels per sheet)
- Add your name to the Union Solidarity Statement and donate to the union strike fund
- Print out a “We Support Chicago Teachers and Staff” sign
- To learn more about the issues and other ways you can show solidarity, check out the CTU’s contract campaign page.
- Check out the Communications Toolkit for allies of the strike for sample tweets and FB posts
Check out the following articles to learn more about the issues in their strike:
- The Chicago Teachers Union Goes on the Offense (Jacobin, Alan Maass)
- The Teachers’ Strike Wave Returns Home to Chicago (Jacobin, Eric Blanc)
- Democracy Now interview of CTU President Jesse Sharkey from October 8th
- Chicago is the latest front for ‘common good’ bargaining (Chalkbeat)
- Chicago Teachers Weigh a Strike (Jacobin, Alan Maass)