U.S. labor has been at forefront of the news recently, as the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), along with the allied nonteaching staff from SEIU Local 73, will soon look to ratify a new contract with Chicago Public Schools (CPS). This follows the contract ratification between UAW and GM and a tentative Ford contract, all while pre-holiday unemployment has increased slightly to 3.6%.
This holiday season could offer a pay increase, workload reduction, and a social justice cornucopia for CTU teachers. However, the unelected CPS board has demoralized union members by earmarking $33 million for school police — a controversial campus militarization strategy in a city with a dangerous police brutality record.
The union, led by President Jesse Sharkey and Vice President Stacey Davis Gates, also