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    Fight for our future: Chicago public schools strike

    Beginning Thursday, Oct. 17, approximately 25,000 teachers and 7,000 support staff of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) took to the streets to advocate for better pay and resources for their classrooms. The workers of the CPS system, the country’s third-largest school district, have been on strike, forcing schools in the area to shut down temporarily due to lack of staff. From the outside, it may seem that teachers are striking solely for the purpose of more substantial salaries. However, while this is a very justifiable reason to protest, every teacher there would explain that their main reason for involvement in the strike is to gain better support and care for their…

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    Strike authorization vote to begin

    While CUNY students prepare for their finals, professors and staff have an assignment of their own—a vote to authorize use of a strike. The Professional Staff Congress, the union representing more than 25,000 professors and staff at CUNY, notified their members that a vote for a strike authorization will begin from May 2 to 11. The union’s vote is a response to the lack of a contract for employees since 2010. In a message to members, PSC President Barbara Bowen noted the vote does not mean the union will go on strike. But, she explained it would show CUNY it is prepared to get a contract. “Think about what just…

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    Voting for a strike isn’t easy

    Since late last year, thousands of professors and staff at CUNY needed to make a major decision that affects their jobs. The decision? Saying yes to a strike authorization vote. “The PSC has used every legal means at its disposal to achieve a fair contract, and we will do everything we can to reach a contract settlement without the need to strike. But six years without a raise, six years of erosion of competitiveness and conditions at CUNY, is intolerable—especially in one of the richest cities in the world,” Barbara Bowen, president of Professional Staff Congress, said. Union members in the PSC, which represents more than 25,000 faculty and staff, will…