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'Historic Day for American Unions': Los Angeles Teachers Strike Earns Victory for Labor, Public Education

'Historic Day for American Unions': Los Angeles Teachers Strike Earns Victory for Labor, Public Education

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Los Angeles public school teachers at the nation's second-largest district ended a six-day strike late Tuesday after union members voted to approve a deal—hailed as a major victory for organized labor—that's designed to raise salaries, cap class sizes and charter schools, and direct more funding to schools for nurses, counselors, and other support staff positions.

Good news, indeed! I hope the students are able to learn from this event the power of cooperation in a common cause. If so it shall have been a great time of learning outside of the classroom and I hope that they will pay it forward when it is their turn.

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This is great news. I understand that in March there will be a reasonably important school board election in LA and the union is strongly supporting Jackie Goldberg (district 5). If Jackie wins, then the board may have a majority progressive members.

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The teachers are showing us what democracy is about and that privatization does not work well for the commons and common good. Thank you teachers. Now American people if you are not a teacher, wait they(privateers) might be coming after your job next all along cost the taxpayers more money.

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PRIVATEER’ - Now there’s a term worth noting for its significance through history to the present day. Especially salient when talking about the Pyramid scam daddy’s blondie who bought her self the Department of Education. Daddy’s little chartered muffin is in line for a sharp awakening.
First they greased the revolving door now its beginning to spin off its hinges.

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let’s tell the whole truth about charters in this state - PUSHED BY JERRY BROWN - and in this country long before DeVoss took over - BARACK OBAMA AND HIS EDUCATION SEC. ARNIE DUNCAN, both out of Chicago. all trying to destroy our public education system. SHAME SHAME SHAME damn dems!

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Interesting take on this. Thanks. I always wish the best for hard working people, including teachers, but my biggest concern is that the entire education system is failing to educate children on how to address and understand the world that is already here.

The system adheres to methods that are long outdated, covering subjects that fail to address our current reality, including political and technological, and the observable trends that portent the destruction of the entire human race and biosphere. We are assuring incompetency in all that truly matters.

But, then, that’s nothing new. You have no doubt read The Goose Step by Upton Sinclair in the early part of the last century, as well books written in the latter half of that century. The brilliant education critic, Jonathan Kozol, comes to mind.

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Tom, agree with your assessment of this issue - the World Socialist Web Site always has extensive coverage of labor issues worldwide and also noted the short notice to review the contact and vote - no time even for meetings. Maybe because they mention the conspiracy by United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and the Democratic Party to ram through a new contract to end the six-day strike. I despise CD’s cheerleading for the status quo - making it seem like this was a “victory” for students or teachers - it was definitely not.
I am still waiting for one article in CD on the labor unrest in Matamoros Mexico among the “maquiladora” workers in 110 plants. Now in it’s 12th day, the strike by 70,000 auto parts workers in Matamoros, Mexico is beginning to affect production at US automobile assembly plants, raising the possibility that auto production across North America could be brought to a standstill.
C’mon CD you guys are supposed to be progressive - Lets hear about it at least.

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The union rammed this down the teachers’ throats because they feared a spread of the strike.
1 student per class per year? Ridiculous.

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The next Dem President, whomever it is, must immediately get EFCA passed and other laws to protect the right to form a union. The fight for 15 is important, but the right to form a union for workers is much, much more important.