Unions and allied groups all over the country are showing support for the more than 29,000 teachers and education professionals of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) who were forced out on strike to gain a contract that provides students with the education they deserve.
National Nurses United (NNU) is one of the many unions showing their support for the Chicago teachers and students:
We strongly support your efforts to assure limits on class sizes, which are vital to a quality environment to nurture learning, and your efforts to protect standards to keep experienced teachers in the classroom.
CTU expressed disappointment in the school district’s refusal to concede on issues involving resources for students, job security and compensation—including the district’s decision to strip teachers and paraprofessionals of an agreed-upon 4 percent raise.
AFT President Randi Weingarten says no one wants to strike, "but no one strikes without a cause."
The strike comes only after long and intense negotiations failed to lead to an agreement that would give CTU members the tools they need to help all their students succeed.
AFT is asking people to show solidarity for the Chicago Teachers Union and strong public schools in Chicago by wearing red Wednesday, Sept. 12.E-mail pictures of your red gear to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on the AFL-CIO Facebook page and we'll share them on our blog.
Here are other ways you can show your support:
- Send expressions of support to CTU members by posting a message on the Chicago Teachers Union Facebook page.
Letters can be sent to:
Karen Lewis, President, Chicago Teachers Union, Local 1
Attention: Audrey May
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60654
- Donations to the CTU Solidarity Fund can be mailed to the address above or made online.
- If you are interested in volunteering your time to help CTU, sign up here.