Teachers in Minnesota strike 3 days, demand more hiring

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Teachers ended a three-day strike March 13 that shut down public schools here, the first such walkout since 1946. The St. Paul Federation of Educators, with 3,600 members, picketed schools each morning and held spirited rallies…


Indiana teachers rally for higher pay, better working conditions

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019
Socialist Workers Party member Kaitlin Estill, right, speaks with art teacher Diana Sale at rally of over 12,000 in Indianapolis Nov. 19 backing teachers’ fight for pay raise, smaller class sizes.

INDIANAPOLIS — “Enough is enough!” was the main slogan as over 12,000 teachers and their supporters rallied around the state Capitol Building here Nov. 19, demanding higher pay, smaller classes and better working conditions. Indiana comes in dead last of…


Striking Chicago teachers, school workers win support

Vol. 83/No. 41 - November 11, 2019

CHICAGO — After two weeks on strike, 25,000 members of the Chicago Teachers Union are picketing and holding nearly daily rallies around the city. They’ve won broad support in their fight for smaller class sizes and more support staff like…


32,500 Chicago teachers, school workers strike for new contract

Vol. 83/No. 40 - November 4, 2019

CHICAGO — Some 25,000 Chicago Teachers Union members and 7,500 school support staff — custodians, bus aides, special education assistants, teaching assistants and more, members of Service Employees International Union Local 73 — walked out here Oct. 17. They set…


Union City, South Hayward teachers strike for higher pay

Vol. 83/No. 23 - June 10, 2019

UNION CITY, Calif. — Teachers, counselors and students picketed outside Logan High School May 20, in the first strike ever at New Haven Unified District schools here and in South Hayward. “It’s the cost of living we’re up against,” social…


School workers in Carolinas rally for pay raise, better conditions

Vol. 83/No. 20 - May 20, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. — Thousands of public school teachers and their supporters — among them school bus drivers, cafeteria workers, teachers’ aides, students and parents — marched here May 1 for the second year in a row to demand increased funding…


Kentucky teachers fight state moves against union, pensions

Vol. 83/No. 13 - April 1, 2019
Kentucky teachers rally March 7 to protest government moves to attack their union. Sickouts over seven different days have closed schools and succeeded in stalling threatened cutbacks.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — “It just feels like we can’t trust the system right now,” Sheri Tabor, a teacher in Oldham County, told the Louisville Courier-Journal March 7 as she rallied at the state Capitol here. She and hundreds of other…


Weeklong strike in Oakland ends as teachers’ struggle continues

Vol. 83/No. 12 - March 25, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. — Teachers here voted by 58 percent to accept a new contract March 3 ending a seven-day strike that had emptied the schools. They came out stronger from the effort, but the vote reflected deep divisions over the…


Indiana teachers rally for higher pay, better working conditions

Vol. 83/No. 12 - March 25, 2019
Over 1,000 teachers rally in Indiana Statehouse March 9. “They ask us to stay after school and do extra work but with no extra pay,” elementary school teacher Sandra Butts told the Militant.

INDIANAPOLIS — Over 1,000 teachers from across the state rallied at the Indiana Statehouse here March 9 for more school funding and higher pay. Sponsored by the Indiana State Teachers Association, the event was originally scheduled to be held outdoors,…


Oakland teachers strike for pay raise, smaller class sizes

Vol. 83/No. 10 - March 11, 2019
Teachers on strike in Oakland, California, Feb. 21 march for wage raise, smaller class sizes, end to threatened school closures. Students, parents and other workers joined action in solidarity.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Teachers walked off the job here Feb. 21, almost two years after their last contract expired. The 3,000 Oakland Education Association members are fighting for a 12 percent wage increase over three years, for school district officials…