Other folks have done what we’re trying. In Chicago rank and file teachers got pissed, self-organized, formed a caucus, and now lead their union.
And there’s a book about it!
“How To Jump Start Your Union” covers all the basics of how CORE grew from a bunch of teachers angry about neo-liberal reforms in their schools, to one of the strongest and most exciting unions in the labor movement right now.
Linked here are selections from three chapters. Bradbury et al – How To Jump Start Your Union – ch 3. Bradbury et al – How To Jump Start Your Union – ch 5 (selections). Bradbury et al – How To Jump Start Your Union – ch 12
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