Dec 09, 2021

Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity

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  • Title: Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity
  • Author: Micah Uetricht
  • ISBN: 9781781683255
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Paperback

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Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity

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  1. Why you should read this book 1 Well, they won some stuff, that s rare in itself at the moment 2 They led a decade long struggle to win leadership of their union based on democratic control, militant rank and file struggle and a different vision of education counter posed to that of the neo liberals and the TU bureaucrats.3 Once they took leadership, they transformed it into a union rested upon working class self activity and a new, radical left wing vision of society, not a top down style of tr [...]


  2. Strike for America is as much about the fate of public education as it is a tract on the virtues and need for radical democratic unionism in the United States Michael Uetricht s account of a strike by Chicago teachers against the city school system and Mayor Rahm Emanuel s plan to close scores of schools as part of his reform is no even handed monograph.Before us is an unabashedly positive account of changes in the Chicago Teachers Union CTU , over a few years, that led to the installation of an [...]


  3. Good friend, former co worker, and brilliant thinker writer Micah Uetricht threw himself in the thick of the Chicago Teachers Union strike of 2012, an event that carries great significance for me as a labor organizer, son of a retired CTU steward, and first time father of a daughter born on the strike s first day.As one of the most important labor events in recent years, the strike deserves much attention Strike for America was written in a condensed time frame for a Jacobin magazine series of b [...]


  4. Micah Uetricht s lucid account of the now iconic 2012 Chicago Teachers Union strike, and his research into the years of rank and file organizing that paved the way for it, are an invaluable contribution to a history that may well prove to be the watershed moment for class struggle in the United States during the neoliberal era.


  5. How can teachers unions grow stronger This right here is the plan Essentially, don t just fight for contracts, but fight for the children, their families and better public education as well Work with community organizations Be vocal and public against standardized testing, austerity, privitization and poverty Do it by becoming an activist union rather than a service or business union.The book details how the Chicago teachers did it The writing is occasionally repetative it could have used anothe [...]


  6. Strike for America is an excellent account of the 2012 Chicago teacher s strike, one that succeeds in laying out a blueprint for the labour movement in the twenty first century Using the teacher s strike as a case study, Uetricht argues for both rank and file unionism and for the necessity of situating workers struggles within a broader movement against the neoliberal agenda This book is about the fundamentals of organizing social movement unionism as a fight for public services, and is rather u [...]


  7. Nice to read a book about a labor union winning out over corporate neoliberalism, and knowing that it s actually non fiction


  8. This book was recommended to me by a friend who works in labor negotiation, and I don t regret a minute of the time I invested in reading it.


  9. Brilliant little book that every trade unionist will benefit from reading The book begins by describing the dismal history of conservative capitulation that mired the Chicago Teacher s Union for over a quarter of a century Mired with the stale dregs of a conservative leadership, teachers in Chicago faced closure after dismissal after defeat as the neo liberal project sought to turn education in Chicago away from learning and towards profit The book tracks the steady development and ultimate lead [...]


  10. This has been on my to read list for quite a bit, and I was happy to finally get around to buying and reading it after seeing it on a table at Lit Fest Being that 2012 was my first full year teaching in CPS, I understood the basic struggle that led to striking but not the history behind it This book did a fantastic job of giving me a in depth understanding of CORE and the steps leading up to the strike It also contextualized some of my own experiences, from the fear of being shouted down in the [...]


  11. Great, inspiring stuff I knew very little about the Chicago teachers strike of 2012 before picking this up After reading, I m not only encouraged that perhaps broad based, community oriented worker action can actually start to turn the tide against our mad rush to dismantle and privatize all our public goods.If you re a die hard Gates Foundation fanboy or fangirl, this book probably isn t written to change your mind, though I d hope that reading it would at least give you pause when you see how [...]


  12. Just because I m in agreement with an author s bias doesn t mean it s necessarily enjoyable to read biased writing I liked getting some additional information, the historical context, and the way the book put some of the smaller pieces from my memory into a big picture But the uneven and clearly biased writing example using the word militant at least once per page means this might not be the greatest piece for convincing anyone who s on the fence about what the 2012 strike accomplished.


  13. While at times overly polemical and triumphalist of CORE CTU what else would you expect of a Jacobin Publication this work provides a brief and entertaining summary analysis of recent union opposition to neoliberal reform in Chicago An important read for anyone interested in US education reform, and particularly valuable for its breakdown of the key organizing strategies and tactics that allowed CORE to build real collective power against financially empowered opponents.


  14. A great quick read about the Chicago Teachers strike in 2012 that has important lessons for everyone concerned about the labor movement, inequality, austerity, and racial justice I don t agree with every bit of it, like it has that lefty hope that union democracy will make the labor movement militant, but the book as a whole is very compelling It s not often we get to read an in depth case study of how a political success came about.


  15. CORE s 2010 takeover of CTU and CTU s 2012 strike were amazing and inspiring actions that changed the trajectory of my own life But what s happened politically in the three years since the strike should raise some doubts about the bold claims made by Uetricht and others in its immediate aftermath I found some of the procedural details of this recent history useful but, with the advantage of greater hindsight, some of the analysis lacking.


  16. One of the best modern accounts of a labor strike, providing detailed background and context of the Chicago Teachers Union, the rise of the community oriented Caucus of Rank and File Educators CORE , and the challenges from the neoliberal and pro privatization administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel A great work from Verso s new Jacobin series


  17. This book shows that working people, particularly in the public sector, can fight back for their rights and the rights of people in their communities This book further shows that the slide into plutocracy in this country, and the decline of Labor unions, is NOT inevitable, it CAN be fought.


  18. Clear, concise analysis of the 2012 CTU strike and why it won the victories that it did a model of organizing beyond a union s self interest to win battles against neoliberalism for the good of an entire community


  19. Excellent history of the 2012 Chicago teachers strike, as well as a guide to mobilizing workers, defending democracy, and pushing back against the neoliberal agenda.


  20. So dry Good account of what took place and why it matters but it s pretty dry and hard to get through in some spots without feeling bored.


  21. Easy read and write up on the Chicago Teachers Union strike of 2012, giving important context of the larger push back on neoliberal education reform efforts.



  22. Here s the story of the Chicago Teachers Union strike of 2012 Informative and fast for educators, Chicagoans, and those interested in union history.



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