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What Immigrants Can Learn From the Teachers Strikes


What Immigrants Can Learn From the Teachers Strikes

Catalina Adorno

The wave of teacher strikes across the United States this year is a reminder of what workers can accomplish if they use their labor as leverage when making demands. Following strikes that ranged from six days to over two weeks, teachers won wage increases in four states. Some also won more funding for their schools — a clear benefit not just to teachers, but students and parents as well.


“Many immigrants assume that if we simply trust the political process and the politicians who claim to be our friends, we will find a solution. The truth is that we have trusted the system for decades. We’ve trusted politicians when they have promised immigration reform and pledged to pass some sort of legislation in their first 100 days in office. But they have failed us every single time.”

The lesson is that organized, protracted action, independent from political party, actually works to make social change. Those teachers won wage gains and public education funding mainly in “Red” states run by Republicans.

Instead of pissing and moaning about daily Trump outrages or Democratic Party distractions, we should be studying the teachers strikes and what they did that worked.


There is finally immigration reform coming up for a vote and it isn’t horrible. It reinstates DACA and improves it and stops separation of families but it is tied to border patrol spending and includes 25 billion for a wall. It is really a hardball compromise. There are two different bills in the house.