Los Angeles labor movement supports Chicago teachers
The Los Angeles County labor movement lends our support to the Chicago teachers in their efforts to save and rebuild our public education system for the sake of America’s students. We know the teachers do not want to be on strike, but are taking a stand for their students and the quality of public education. It is no longer acceptable to force our students to learn in classrooms that are bursting at the seams. It is no longer acceptable to reduce the numbers of much needed support staff and paraprofessionals including counselors, nurses, and lunchroom servers. In order to optimize our students’ learning and achievement, our elected leaders must learn to work with teachers, staff and parents to find real solutions and do whatever it takes to properly fund our public education system.
“No one knows more about teaching than teachers. Politicians and other so-called education experts think they know more about educating children than the professionals who are in the classroom every single day. Some politicians want to blame teachers for a poorly-funded public education system,” said Maria Elena Durazo, leader of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. “We hope the strike is resolved as quickly as possible. In the meantime the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor is sending $10,000 to support teachers as they continue to fight for public education.”
“The women and men who spend every day with Chicago's children—want to have their voice and experience respected and valued. They want to be treated as equal partners in making sure every student in Chicago succeeds. That has been the Chicago Teachers Union's guiding philosophy throughout these negotiations, and it remains so on the picket lines,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO.