At the 2018 Labor Notes Conference in Chicago, IL, we interview Sarah Chambers from the Chicago Teachers Union and Edwin Morales, Vice President of the Puerto Rico Teachers Federation, about the wave of teachers strikes in the U.S.
Edwin talks about the planned May 1 Teachers strike in Puerto Rico and the fight against privatization. Sarah talks charter schools with us and the fight to win decent funding for public education in Chicago. We all talk about the need for militant union leadership and riff on our favorite moments fighting management.
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Arizona’s on our mind as we talk about the self-driving Uber car that killed a woman last week and the Phoenix teachers walk-out at nine elementary schools. We do a deep dive on Trump’s tariffs and anti-China trade measures, explaining why this actually hurts the working class and only helps the bosses.
We’ve got a new segment where we rip apart this crappy anti-worker meme and talk about the Fight for $15/Hour.
There’s a UPS contract update in here too. We riff on the Toys-R-Us bankruptcy and a recent public sector union strike in France. And we name our Working Class Hero and Ruling Class Asshole of the week.
Dave, DP and Christina are back after Hurricane Irma. The #TakeAKnee protests in the NFL, Teamster-UPS contract negotiations and Trump’s genocidal threats at the UN are all on the table. They also talk about the continued fight for community control of the police and name this week’s Working Class Hero and Ruling Class Asshole.