U.S: Weingarten: Teachers strikes “successful examples” of community-based action benefiting workers

by Mark Gruenberg

Peoples’ World | March 18, 2019

Weingarten: Teachers strikes “successful examples” of community-based action benefiting workers

The teachers’ strike in West Virginia  last year was a shot heard across the nation with teachers all over the country following suit with strikes and job actions. | John Raby/AP

NEW ORLEANS—The wave of teachers’ walkouts and strikes for almost a year – forced on the workers by penny-pinching and tax-cutting GOP administrations and politicians – represent “successful examples” of community-based action where victories benefit everyone, says Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten.

That’s because those walkouts, in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona, Denver, Los Angeles, among Chicago charter school teachers and now in Indiana and at Summit Academy in Parma, Ohio, centered not around pay and pensions, but around what’s best for schools and kids, she adds.

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Argentina Doctors Strike, Close 600 State Hospitals

teleSUR | March 07, 2019

Medical workers strike against low wages, layoffs in Argentina, March 7, 2019

Medical workers strike against low wages, layoffs in Argentina, March 7, 2019 | Photo: Fesprosa

Coinciding with teacher strikes, medical professionals are on strike for two days across Argentina, forcing the shut down of 600 state hospitals.

At least 600 hospitals across Argentina have been closed for a second day as the Trade Union Federation of Health Professionals of Argentina (Fesprosa) spearheads a 48-hour work strike “against adjustment and dismissals,” according to the union.

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U.S: Oakland educators join the nationwide wave of teacher strikes

by Marilyn Bechtel

Peoples’ World | February 22, 2019

Oakland educators join the nationwide wave of teacher strikes

Marilyn Bechtel/PW

OAKLAND, Calif. – Joining the wave of teachers’ strikes that are sweeping the country, Oakland teachers and school staff hit early-morning picket lines throughout the Oakland Unified School District’s 86 elementary, middle and high schools Feb. 21, before packing the City Hall plaza for a lively noontime rally with other union leaders and members, parents, students and community supporters.

The teachers have been without a contract since July 2017 and are the lowest-paid in Alameda County and among the lowest-paid in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the cost of living is among the highest in the country.Read More »

Belgium paralyzed as massive strike cancels all flights, halts public transport & blocks roads

All flights in and out of Belgium are canceled due to a general strike on February 13, 2019.
Ageneral strike over pay and working conditions has brought Belgium to a halt, leading to total chaos in airports, on the roads and in the skies.

Though Brussels Airlines provided advance warning of the general strike last week, thousands of travelers unable to change their plans have been stranded at airports across the nation that hosts the EU capital. Some 60,000 people’s travel plans have been affected, with only emergency and military flights allowed to depart or arrive nation-wide.

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L.A. teachers strike: Wearing red for ed on rainy Day One

by Eric A. Gordon

People’s World | January 15, 2019

L.A. teachers strike: Wearing red for ed on rainy Day One

LOS ANGELES—At Hamilton High School in West Los Angeles, United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) chapter chair Frank Burton had his team prepared for heavy rain: As his fellow teachers arrived for the 7 a.m. picket line and approached the tent supplied with coffee and refreshments, Frank unfolded yet another plastic poncho and slipped it over a new arrival’s head. By his count, every single one of “Hammie’s” 140 teachers, plus others represented by the union, such as the librarian and counselors, turned out to be counted on Day One.Read More »

Los Angeles teachers stage first strike in 30 years demanding city invests in public education

by Ben Coweles

Morning StarJanuary 15, 2019

MORE than 30,000 striking teachers flooded the rainy streets of downtown Los Angeles on Monday demanding the city properly invest in its educators and schools.

The strike, organised by the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union, is the first time teachers have walked out the classroom in LA since 1989.Read More »