The Chicago Teachers Union’s two-week strike ended yesterday. Like their 2012 walkout, this strike fought for a broader range of demands for Chicago students and won major victories on pay and benefits — and it did so against a mayor, Lori Lightfoot, who campaigned on progressive promises only to abandon them immediately after taking office.
Devin Schiff is a writer and editor living in Chicago.
The Chicago Teachers Union has established itself as a union that fights for the entire working class. In striking tomorrow, the union’s strategy is about solidarity — not only within their own union, but with SEIU Local 73, whose members earn poverty wages and are also walking off the job.