This is the full 11-3-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.
The Tale of Two Strikes: Labor Express examines the outcome of both the UAW strike at GM and the CTU strike at CPS, two potentially historic strikes with radically different results. Plus, strike victory at yet another Chicago charter school, Passages in the Edgewater Neighborhood. These strikes may well set the stage for union struggles in the public and private sectors for years to come. In the case of the CTU, the union has expanded what social justice, community based unionism is all about. Making demands for improving public education concrete and central to their new contract. They forced the Mayor and the Board of Education to bargain over issues like hiring more school support staff and reducing class sizes that the City in years past had deemed outside the realm of union contract bargaining. This bodes well for the future of public sector unions which remain strong despite the Janus decision. Will this strike like the last in 2012 inspire more teachers around the country to follow Chicago’s lead? At GM it is a different story, where the UAW ended the longest strike in a generation with a contract that largely locks in concessions made in the Great Recession. What does this mean for private sector unions which are already in decline?
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