Chicago Teachers Union Strikes

Posted on January 1st, 1970
Caption: In September 2012, the Chicago Teachers Union engaged in a dramatic strike to protest the efforts of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to break the union and, over time, privatize the city’s public education system. The CTU won a pivotal victory largely because its members successfully collaborated with community allies about the broad social and economic issues affecting Chicago school teachers and their students. From left to right: Karen Lewis, CTU President, giving a press statement during the CTU strike; CTU members and their allies on a demonstration in downtown Chicago during the strike, September 19, 2012.

In September 2012, the Chicago Teachers Union engaged in a dramatic strike to protest the efforts of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to break the union and, over time, privatize the city’s public education system. The CTU won a pivotal victory largely because its members successfully collaborated with community allies about the broad social and economic issues affecting Chicago school teachers and their students.

From left to right: Karen Lewis, CTU President, giving a press statement during the CTU strike; CTU members and their allies on a demonstration in downtown Chicago during the strike, September 19, 2012.