NATIONAL WRITERS UNION, UAW LOCAL 1981
256 West 38th Street, Suite 703 · New York, NY 10018 · 212-254-0279 · www.nwu.org
September 11, 2012
SOLIDARITY STATEMENT WITH THE CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION
The National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981, extends our strong support to the 30,000 members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) in their struggle against the Board of the Chicago Public School System and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
A battle has been raging in this country to replace public education with for-profit charter schools. This has been pushed by both the Republican and Democratic parties, as reflected by Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan’s support of Democratic Mayor Rahm Emmanuel in this fight.
The CTU has taken a brave stand, supporting students and teachers against this corporate attack. We support the teachers’ demands for:
· An evaluation system that is based on what the teachers can control;
· Resources for teaching (160 schools have no libraries);
· Recall rights for laid off members (who are often laid off because of working in “under-performing” schools, having nothing to do with their skills or performance),
· Additional support staff (social workers have caseloads of 1,000, and most schools have no nurse),
· A promised pay increase to cover the extended work day imposed by “Mayor 1%.”
NWU members have walked the picket lines with you; we’ve leafleted for you; we’ve joined in your demonstrations. We know the importance of a good union, with a democratically-elected leadership that has a vision of how the world can be, rather than merely dreading what it has become.
We extend our support and offer our writing skills to the courageous leadership and members of the Chicago Teachers Union, Local 1 of the American Federation of Teachers. Your struggle is our struggle. You can count on us to help you beat back the attack on public education, and set an example for the entire US labor movement!
In militant solidarity!
Larry Goldbetter, President
National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981