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#33 – The Fight for Public Education w/ Lois Weiner

March 22, 2019

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Teachers are protesting across America - and winning. What can this tell us about the teacher's unions, neo-liberal privatization and America's labour movement?

Teachers in America are leading the fight against neo-Liberalism and the erosion of public institutions. Strikes in West Virginia, Oakland, Los Angeles and Chicago have to lead to real improvements in public schools. Teachers unions are winning and winning big.

Who are these people leading these fights? Is this part of a union resurgence around in America? And what does this tell us about the prospects of the broader fight against privatization?

In this episode, I’m joined by Lois Weiner. She’s a teacher, union activist and researcher who writes about teachers’ work, urban education, and labor. Her book, “The future of our schools: Teachers unions and social justice,” is widely read by activists in the Anglophone world. It explains the nature of neoliberalism’s global project to destroy public education and the role of transformed teachers unions in reversing the attacks.

Show Notes

Additional Readings

  • What a Teachers Movement Can Look Like – read here
  • Labour Renaissance in the Heartland – read here
  • A Lesson Plan for Organized Labour – read here

Show Team

Geoff Sharpe

Geoff is the host of Cable Street and co-founder of The Cable.