A Tale of Two Strikes

 

By Alberto Pupo

Going on strike when used correctly is a powerful weapon for the worker to fight back against the abuses of management. However the strike is a technique that more often than not invites criticism from many. It is seen almost like a tantrum and those who do not understand the reason for this course of action will often try to trivialize the situation. In the last few months two notable strikes have occurred, In Quebec Canada students had taken the streets against a government which wanted to increase their tuition and even throw in a law to curb protesting and freedom of speech. While in America the much maligned public school teachers of Chicago went on a strike for about a week and causing the first one in twenty five years. Both of these public actions had similarities and key differences. What we have is a story of two different strikes and the results yielded by Continue reading

Save the Teachers, Save the World!

 

By Alberto Pupo

There is a war that is being fought before our very eyes at home. In the City of Chicago this week has played host to a battle between Corporations and the Rights of Workers. Teachers in Chicago have been on strike four for days now trying to stand up for not only their rights, but also standing up for the rights of workers everywhere in America. In a city that had not seen a major strike in twenty five years, on an election year no less., The Teacher’s Unions in the Third Largest Public School District have taken a stand in order to fight for an overall better agreement as is their right in setting up an employment contract. This is part of that little magic known as Collective Bargaining available to workers who Continue reading