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CTU "A Fight for the Soul of Public Education: The Story of the Chicago Teachers Strike" Book Signing and Author Chat

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Topic
academic
Sponsor
Chicago Teachers Union
Location
CTU Center, 1901 W. Carroll Ave.
Date
Mar 24, 2017   5:00 pm  
Speaker
Steven Ashby, Clinical Professor, School of Labor & Employment Relations, UIUC-Chicago; Robert Bruno, Professor & Director of the Labor Education Program, School of Labor & Employment Relations, UIUC-Chicago
Cost
Free!
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LER Labor Education Program

In reaction to the changes imposed on public schools across the country in the name of “education reform,” the Chicago Teachers Union redefined its traditional role and waged a multidimensional fight that produced a community-wide school strike and transformed the scope of collective bargaining into arenas that few labor relations experts thought possible. Using interviews, first-person accounts, participant observation, union documents and media reports, Steven K. Ashby and Robert Bruno tell the story of the 2012 strike that shut down the Chicago school system for seven days.

A Fight for the Soul of Public Education takes into account two overlapping, parallel, and equally important stories. One is a grassroots story of worker activism told from the perspective of rank-and-file union members and their community supporters. Ashby and Bruno provide a detailed account of how the strike became an international cause when other teachers unions had largely surrendered to corporate-driven education reform. The second story describes the role of state and national politics in imposing educational governance changes on public schools and draconian limitations on union bargaining rights. It includes a detailed account of the actual bargaining process revealing the mundane and the transcendental strategies of both school board and union representatives.

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