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Micah Uetricht is a labor organizer in Chicago, an assistant editor at Jacobin, and an In These Times contributing editor. He has written for Salon, the Nation, the American Prospect, and the Chicago Reader. He has been covering the Chicago Teachers Union since well before the 2012 strike.
Micah Uetricht is an assistant editor at Jacobin, and an In These Times contributing editor. He has written for the Nation, the Chicago Reader, Al Jazeera America, and Dissent. A former labor organizer, he lives in Chicago.
About the Author
The Chicago Teachers Union strike was the most important domestic labor struggle so far this century—and perhaps for the last forty years—and the strongest challenge to the conservative agenda for restructuring education, which advocates for more charter schools and tying teacher salaries to standardized testing, among other changes.
In 2012, Chicago teachers built a grassroots movement through education and engagement of an entire union membership, taking militant action in the face of enormous structural barriers and a hostile Democratic Party leadership. The teachers won massive concessions from the city and have become a new model for school reform led by teachers themselves, rather than by billionaires. Strike for America is the story of this movement, and how it has become the defining struggle for the labor movement today.