Across the US, teachers protested and won. Now some accuse lawmakers of retaliating
“These cynical bills were written with one goal in mind: to retaliate against educators and the communities who stood up for public education during the walkouts,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. Read the full story at CNN.
West Virginia Teachers Might Go On Strike Again
West Virginia teachers are deciding this week whether to authorize their unions to lead another massive walkout, a little less than a year after they started a cascade of historic teacher strikes around the country. Randolph said teachers want to avoid something as drastic as a walkout, but feel “incensed” by the omnibus bill and the way it was fast-tracked through the upper chamber. Read the full story at HuffPost.
Dutch teachers, lecturers to hold first ever all-out strike in March
The looming walkout reflects growing frustration across the workforce in the Netherlands, with employees in many sectors feeling left behind by strong economic growth that has not been matched by wage increases. The March 15 stoppage is expected to shut schools and universities, and follows similar walkouts by primary school teachers in October and December 2017. Read the full story on Reuters.
Denver teacher strike to begin Monday after Gov. Jared Polis declines to intervene
“No teacher wants to strike. We would rather be teaching students in our classrooms,” union President Henry Roman said in a news release. “But when the strike starts, we will be walking for our students.” Read the full story at the Denver Post.
Why Oakland Teachers are Ready to Strike
More than 80 percent of teachers have cast a ballot — the highest turnout in the union’s history — and 95 percent have voted to authorize a strike. Their three central concerns are their rock-bottom pay, large class sizes, and lack of supports for students. Read the full story at The Progressive.
Zimbabwe school teachers launch nationwide strike
School teachers in Zimbabwe are demanding better working conditions and to be paid in US dollars, rather than government bonds, which constantly lose value. Read the full story at Al Jazeera.
More strikes ahead? Teachers say they love their jobs but can’t pay their bills, poll shows
An exclusive USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll of teachers finds an extraordinary level of job satisfaction – if they could pick a career all over again, three of four would still choose teaching – but one that is being battered by broad complaints about the salaries and support they receive. By an overwhelming margin, teachers agree that public school teachers have the right to strike. Read the full story on USA Today.
Madison teachers plan ‘soft-strike’ Friday to protest expired contract
“Until we have a contract, Madison teachers will no longer be coming in early or staying after school ends. We will no longer take work home with us, we will no longer plan lessons, create resources or grade on the weekends, and we will no longer be attending meetings during our planning period and no longer volunteer our time for extracurricular activities including sports or clubs.” Read the full story at the Mansfield News Journal.
Ballot on strike action by teachers moves a step closer
Talks earlier this week between the unions, councils and the government have not led to a new offer so far, and further talks are due to take place later this month. The last widespread industrial action by Scottish teachers over their pay and conditions was in the mid-1980s. Read the full story at the BBC.
Teachers’ Strike at Chicago International Charter Schools Network Enters 3rd Day
CTU said CICS’ revenue increased with the 2017 revamp of Illinois’ school funding model, from $82 million in 2017 to $93 million in 2018, and the organization increased spending on management expenses by 31 percent but only increased spending on student services by 3 percent. The union is also demanding a state investigation into the number of CICS investment and bond deals that they consider to be conflicts of interest. Read the full story at NBC Chicago.
Tunisia teachers protest after months on strike
Thousands of Tunisian teachers took to the capital’s streets on Wednesday to demand bonuses and improved working conditions months into a strike that has disrupted schools across the country. Read the full story at News24.
Kosovo’s teachers strike for 30 percent pay rise
Around 500,000 pupils and students in Kosovo stayed at home on Thursday as a strike by teachers demanding a 30 percent pay rise entered its second week. Read the full story at Reuters.
Jersey teachers vote to strike over pay dispute
“As far as teachers are concerned, young people only have one chance at education and, if Jersey is serious about wanting a world class education system as it claims then it needs to pay those who provide it a proper living wage that at the very least keeps pace with inflation. Unfortunately the two year deal only increases salary scales by less than the inflation rate for this year alone.” Read the full story on ITV News.
What Rydell High School Can Teach Us about the LA Teachers Strike
“We know that the success of a strike is going to rise and fall on the level of community support. It is absolutely imperative that people get out in front of their neighborhood schools and support our teachers, support our youth, support the future of this planet.” Read the full story at The Nation.
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