As I Milwaukee teacher, I stand with you in this on-going and critical fight to support what’s best for students by listening to and empowering teachers, support professionals and parents. Solidarity!
As a 1959 graduate of Austin High School on Chicago’s west side, and a recently retired Professor of Education at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, I strongly support your active resistance to more corporate education “reform.” While research evidence as well as experience undermines the “reform” argument, it’s time for political activism and noise to attract the attention needed for constructive change.
Keep fighting! No matter the outcome, you are setting an example of courage and commitment for your students.
As a devoted educator, the disregard for teachers’ rights across this country, especially now in Chicago, is disregard for the education of students.
New York City
Thank You Chicago!
We are spreading the word here in NYC.
Watching and sending you all courage and love.
An injury to one is an an injury to us all
You’re fighting on behalf of teachers all over this country. We support you and thank you!
New York, NY
I am a former CPS teacher and current unemployed educator. My family and friends stand with you- keep up the good fight! Erika Robers, Chicago IL
We’re with you!
New York City
As a former CPS Teacher and now a Teacher in the NYC DOE–CTU to UFT–I stand with you.
Marlon Unas Esguerra
Thank you for setting an example to those of us who have struggled against the assault on public education and its teachers. I’d be there with you if I was closer, but know that I’m there in spirit. Solidarity!
Standing up for your own dignity, standing up for the children you teach and standing, is the best lesson children will learn. I so admire what you are doing.
Solidarity Message to Chicago Teachers Union from French Teachers’ Union Federation FNEC FP FO Aug. 28, 2012
We just became acquainted of your present struggle for public education against privatization and for your rights.
We would like you to know that our federation, the FNEC FP FO, completely support your claims and the ones you underline in particular:
-for employment safety,
-Against extension of working days and school periods,
-Against teacher’s evaluation based on students’ and pupils’ results. We have moreover read with great interest in a 31th july statement of the International Education Committee that this was more and more rejected all over the United States.
-For the protection of the trade unions , of the trade union rights ,of the rights to strike and for the rights to negociate.
We are facing in France the same issues : almost 13 000 teaching posts are to be suppressed for school beginning in a few days and this we can’t accept .
We just succeeded together -with almost all trade unions- to have the teachers’ evaluation suppressed , which would have put an end to our collective guarantees in terms of careers and salary progressions, in order to introduce indivilualization and promotion on merit.
The new minister wants to start discussions on this matter, he also started a concertation to review our status and all our guarantees in this range. It is out of question for us to change anything and that is why we are being careful.
Together with our confederation cgt-FO, we insist on keeping our independence against any governments, this guarantees the best defense for our claims.
The European Union insists on having ratified a treaty that has already caused wreaks in Greece and Spain: wages lowered, massive unemployment, and drastic cuts in education and health budgets.
Our government wants to propose the ratification of this treaty to the deputes and senators at the beginning of October.
With our confederation, our federation has statued against this ratification and denounces the austerity plans and the structural adjustment plans imposed by the IMF, the EU and the ECB to the governments.
The workers in the education sector and in all sectors do not have to “share the efforts” in order to reduce a debt that is not theirs; on the other hand, the trade unions do not have to cope with the austerity plans.
Therefore we wish you full success with your struggle and the strike you’re preparing with 98% of the teachers in Chicago;
Education is an imprescriptible right , stop the suppression of the teachings posts , stop the dismissals, stop schools’ closing, and privatization, respect of the statuses and of the collective conventions…
Respect of all social achievements
Respect of the trade unions rights, of trade unions, respect of the right to strike and of all rights defined by the conventions and decisions of the ILO.
Hubert Raguin, secrétaire général
Jacques Paris, secrétaire fédéral chargé du secteur international
French Teachers Union Federation
I am currently a student, but have worked in Early Education and Elementary Special Ed in MA. I met one of your teachers when I was in Chicago to protest the NATO summit and heard that you all were preparing to take action! Solidarity from the East Coast! Let’s create a system of education that empowers our students and their teachers!
1) Is what you are doing in the best interest of the children you have committed to teaching?
2) Are you setting a positive example for your students in how you conduct yourself?
CTU, the answer to both of those questions is yes! Standing up for reasonable class sizes, a school day based on the best learning environment for kids and fair working conditions is what is best for our kids. Thank you CTU for fighting this important fight.
I wish that time and finances would allow me to join you in your fight. I met some amazing CTU members at SOS in July 2011, and I know the passion for REAL education you all have- not the testing factories that our schools have become. I will continue to post all that I can supporting you and I will be wearing RED on MONDAY!
West Valley, NY
Solidarity from your friend on the Denver school board! Your fight is a just one!
As a 30-year veteran public school teacher, I applaud your standing up for an end to the corporate vision and control of our profession, our workplaces, and the lives of America’s young people. Enough. Reinvent and recreate what a school can be!
Thank you for taking on all the true problems in education! YOU are the true reformers!
Geneva, NY 14456
You stand for all of us and we are with you in spirit and heart! God bless you and keep you!
I retired this past school year after 34 years of teaching in NYS and 12 years as Union President. This fight is our fight. All of us. Teachers all over America- union states and non union states. I am excited about the movement that is taking place. I am excited about the passion for unionism that is being rekindled. I am ready to defend the profession that I have loved and I am honored to say that I consider all of you-teachers everywhere-my heroes. I have time and energy. Just let me know what needs to be done.
Greenville, New York
I stand with the teachers, parents, and children of Chicago. You are fighting for what is right and good about public education in the U.S.A.–and against the corporate privatization and profiteering of Pearson, Gates, Walton et al. Get rid of mayoral control. Get rid of Rahm Emmanuel, and get rid of Arne Duncan.
Long Island, NY
Be Strong. This is a long time coming. We support you and know this is not easy!
Chicago we stand with you. Your fight is our fight. We must all stand up for public education and our students need us now more than ever.
You all are strong and brave, and for that, we salute you!
Standing in solidarity with my CTU brothers and sisters.
Go CTU! We in Milwaukee wear red on Monday to support you. I am so proud of you for standing up for children, families and teachers!!!
We stand with you in Milwaukee. Solidarity!
Thank you, Chicago Teachers! Don’t let ANYONE tell you you’re doing this for yourselves and not the kids. You KNOW this is for the kids. Solidarity! Hang tough!
Milwaukee Public Schools
I support you guys! Will be there soon! Si se puede!!!
Rafael Burgos Rivera
Thank you, Chicago educators, for standing up for public education and for the rights of our children. You are brave and honorable. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
So proud of you all! I wish I could march with you! You are doing the right thing.
As an adjunct instructor in a public university, I know full well the meaning of the “business model” and the neoliberal attack on teachers, teachers unions and public education, since we were early victims of that model and now make up 60% of all college faculty, nationally. Obama, Emanuel and company want to see all teachers in our position. As a former high school teacher, your union represents the best of social justice teacher unionism, to me: something many of us in NYC strove for, for many years, and many are still struggling for. Onward to victory! Your struggle is all of ours!
CTU, Family of 5 in Indianapolis supports you in your strike! We <3 teachers, thank you for using your voices!
Your courage and determination inspires all of us to stand up and fight against the corporate assault on public education! Stay strong!
Brothers & Sisters,
We, fellow teacher unionists in Milwaukee, have your back in your historic strike! We appreciated your support for us in Madison last year and we intend to reciprocate fully! Solidarity!
We stand with you! Thank you for your courage and taking on all the problems in education that need to be addressed!
UIC GEO Resolution in Support of the Chicago Teachers Union
CTU Support Resolution
Whereas all students deserve the right to a quality public education in their neighborhood school, and
Whereas all students deserve smaller class sizes to receive adequate attention from teachers, and
Whereas all students deserve access to a broad and diverse curriculum that includes art, world languages, computer literacy, and physical education, and
Whereas all students deserve support including fully-staffed libraries in all schools, access to social workers, school nurses, therapists and psychologists, and
Whereas teachers deserve to be adequately compensated for their work, and
Whereas the revenue necessary to fund a quality public education can be substantially realized by reallocating resources that go to mostly non-union Charter schools and the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts, both of which currently siphon revenue from public schools, and
Whereas teachers deserve protection against arbitrary dismissal and a fair recall procedure so that the talents and expertise of experienced teachers can be put to the best use serving the students of Chicago, and
Whereas the Chicago Board of Education, among other concessions, is demanding “merit pay” for teachers based on student test scores, despite a consensus among researchers that such scores to not reliably measure a teacher’s ability, and
Whereas the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is standing up for the children of Chicago and for all public employees and unions in this time of budget cutting and union busting, and
Be it resolved that the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Local 6297 of IFT-AFT, AFL-CIO supports the Chicago Teachers Union in its fight to negotiate a contract that addresses all of these issues with the Chicago Board of Education.
Be it further resolved that the Graduate Employees Organization, Local 6297 contribute a sum of $250 to the strike fund of CTU.
Be it further resolved that the Graduate Employees Organization, Local 6297 endorses local solidarity events in support of the CTU.
Be it further resolved that the Graduate Employees Organization, Local 6297 communicate such support to its members, including asking them to sign petitions and communicate their support for CTU and its demands to the Chicago Board of Education and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Jessica Cook, Outreach Chair of the UIC Graduate Employees Organization, IFT-AFT Local 6297
I and many other of my friends ( we are teachers) all support you. I am a teacher in Providence, RI, we were all fired 2 years ago. Our union members didn’t have the guts to fight back ( only a few old timers wanted to strike). I respect yu all and stand with you in your fight. Your stand is not just for Chicago teachers but for all teachers in the US who have been used and abused by their cities. Good luck in your fight! My prayers are with you!
Exeter, Rhode Island
As a socially conscious educator working in urban schools in Southern California, I stand in full solidarity with the teachers of Chicago for taking on the neoliberal reforms that are ruining public schools across this nation. I wish you all great success. What happens in Chicago will have a great impact on students and teachers in urban schools nationally.
Los Angeles, California
Wishing all my Sisters and Brothers a successful negotiation during this difficult time. You represent millions of American teachers whose backs are against the wall.
Teachers are not against reforming education. They are against the corporate backed data driven high stakes testing version of education reform, devolved from multi-sensory forms of learning experience that impoverish the imagination and sap the human spirit.
Emanuel and his authoritarian cohorts are ill served to set education policy due to ignorance of the profession and local conditions with which teachers must provide learning experiences.
The Mayor, from my own knowledge, has never been personally connected to any ongoing educational experience with the children that exist in Chicago public schools except to use them as leverage in order to put the boot on teachers throats.
I want to say a special hello to all the teachers and students at George Washington High School on the South Side!
As a former substitute teacher who wasn’t fortunate enogh to be in a union, i stand strongly in solidarity with your struggle for better pay and conditions. Your struggle and it’s success is crucial to future struggles for workers worldwide.
A. Micah Helfgott
Thank you for standing up against the corporatocracy! You are showing our kids that we are are all more than the sum of our test scores and the importance of speaking truth to power!
The Woolman Semester School, Nevada City, CA
I was deeply moved by the message of one of your teachers and the hard work that you are doing in Chicago. I am a faculty advisor at UCLA’s Teacher Education Program, where we prepare teachers to work in underserved neighborhoods. Our hearts and passion are with you.
Helen M. Davis
We are with you. Today I am proud to be a teacher and seeker of truth and justice. Thank you for standing for all of us, our students, this country and the world. Stand strong!
Jane Mayer, Teacher Education, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA
Proud of the Chicago teachers!! It is about time educators stood up and said ” We aren’t going to take it anymore!” Charlotte in Indy
Keep up the fight!! You are supported here in California! GO TEACHERS!!!
I work for a Charter School and we need unionization in this arena too. Charter schools tend to be non-union shops unfortunately.
Your fight is the fight of ALL teachers! Please speak the voice that I can no longer speak!
I am a Registered Nurse and a proud member of a strong union, CNA/NNU. I stand in solidarity with the striking teachers. I wore my red scrub top to work today and talked about your struggles at work. Many of my peers support you. Your fight is our fight. I truly believe when they take on one of us they take on all of us.The students win when their teachers are well compensated, with good benefits and smaller classrooms. Stay strong!
A blog the strike/rally inspired.
The Parent Leadership Project and La Union in New York City stand in solidarity with the Chicago Teachers Union. Like Parents 4 Teachers in Chicago, we know that teachers’ working conditions are our children’s learning conditions. In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been implementing similar reforms to Rahm Emanuel’s in Chicago. In both cities, structures of Mayoral Control combined with federal reforms such as No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top have claimed to make schools more accountable to students and their parents.
But our experience has shown us that the opposite is true. Closing historically under-resourced schools in low-income communities of color and opening up charter schools have only increased segregation within city school districts. Moreover, too many of our children have been shut out or kicked out of charter schools because they are English Language Learners, students with special needs, or because of zero tolerance “discipline” polices. At the end of the day, charter schools do not better serve our children, and neither does merit pay. We know that the single instrument of high-stakes tests does not measure our children’s capacities or learning. They also do not measure the hard work or worth of teachers. Rather, for poor communities of color particularly, tying teachers’ pay to high-stakes tests means that experienced teachers would likely be less inclined to teach in the schools and communities where they are most needed.
We need public schools that truly reflect, respect, and serve the communities that they are part of –and this requires that teachers are valued and respected as workers, that schools are well-resourced with the materials, resources, and staff that they need. Public schools can work, and do every day—but only for a small minority of the population. In these schools, classes are smaller, services are ample, and curriculum is wide and expansive. All our children deserve these conditions—and all our teachers need these conditions. This historic and brave stand by CTU is not a strike of choice as Emanuel claims. Rather, it’s a fight that is about our children, their futures, and dignity and fundamental rights for their teachers.
Parent Leadership Project & La Union
Chicago Teachers: Your Fight is Our Fight
Solidarity Message from NYC Legal Aid Society Union Members
September 17, 2012
As members of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325 and 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East at The Legal Aid Society in New York City, we stand in solidarity with the Chicago Teachers Union strike against Rahm Emanuel’s attack on children, teachers, public education, and labor rights.
We well know that your fight is our fight.
As parents, we too have seen the bipartisan power elite write off children thorough an apartheid of budget cuts to public schools, nonunion charter schools for the few, and the school-to-prison pipeline for the rest.
As providers of legal representation to poor people and communities of color, we have seen the devastating results of those policies in the New Jim Crow
We too have faced mayoral bullies, including Rudolph Giuliani, who threatened to fire us in 1994 for striking to defend those services, and then retaliated by slashing our funding in favor of nonunion contractors.
Like the rest of the 99%, we are told there “is no money” for essential services, while trillions are squandered to bail out the 1% and to fund endless wars of empire.
Like you, we remember that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in 1968 after denouncing an “illegal, unconstitutional injunction” against striking sanitation workers in Memphis. And we believe that his words to those strikers ring true for teacher strikers in Chicago 2012:
“You’ve been out now for a number of days. But don’t despair. Nothing worthwhile is gained without sacrifice. The thing for you to do is stay together. Say to everybody in this community that you’re going to stick it out to the end until every demand is met. And that you’re going to say, ‘We ain’t going to let nobody turn us around.’ “
Just as in Memphis 1968, we know that your victory is critical in the battle for social justice, and we vow to uphold the most fundamental labor principle: “An Injury to One is an Injury to All.”
Contribute to the CTU Solidarity Fund:
Signers (Affiliations listed for identification only)
Former President, ALAA/UAW Local 2325
Alt. Vice-President, ALAA/UAW Local 2325
ALAA/UAW Local 2325
Lina Del Plato
Delegate, ALAA/UAW Local 2325
ALAA/UAW Local 2325
ALAA/UAW Local 2325
ALAA/UAW Local 2325
ALAA/UAW Local 2325
ALAA/UAW Local 2325
Negotiating Committee, 1199/SEIU
Susan Olivia Morris
Former Sgt. at Arms, ALAA/UAW Local 2325
Criminal Defense-Staten Island
ALAA/UAW Local 2325
Civil-Brooklyn Neighborhood Office
ALAA/UAW Local 2325
Civil-Brooklyn Neighborhood Office
ALAA/UAW Local 2325
ALAA/UAW Local 2325
ALAA/UAW Local 2325
Criminal Defense Division Brooklyn
Former Sr. Attorney & Attorneys of Color (ACLA) Representative, ALAA/UAW Local 2325
NYC Legal Aid Society Union Members (ALAA/UAW Local 2325 and 1199/SEIU)
I am a teacher in Brooklyn, NY and the strike has provided me with many opportunities to talk with family members and friends about public education. Many people have shared stories with me about the teachers they know. My aunt shared a story about her mother who taught high school English in Sisseton, SD for more than 30 years. These are my aunt’s words about her mother:
“I remember her going through her lecture notes every summer and adding new information. Every few years she retyped the whole notebook. It would have been easy to ride on her laurels since her curriculum didn’t change much but instead she worked with other teachers to change and improve the curriculum when they could and traveled to other schools to see how they did things. She also spent her own time helping her students who were having difficulties in school and in their personal lives. I remember one of her students meeting with her parents in our living room (we were asked to leave the house) so she could tell them she was pregnant because she was afraid of what her father would do when she told him.”
Among many victories, the CTU strike has motivated people to share stories about the positive impacts teachers have on their students’ lives. THANK YOU to the CTU!!!
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We stand in solidarity with Chicago Teachers and aspire to be part of a strong grassroots network of people who fight the corporate plundering of public education and seek justice for all.
Refuse of Cuyahoga County
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