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Teacher Strikes

Teaching Profession New York City Teachers' Union Threatens Strike Over School Reopenings
The possibility of a strike in New York City's schools grew more distinct this week. Unions are pressing their cases in other districts, too.
Catherine Gewertz, August 20, 2020
6 min read
Teaching Profession Across the Country, Teachers Rally for Safe Reopenings and Police-Free Schools
A coalition of teachers' unions and progressive groups organized a "National Day of Resistance" to fight against school building reopenings.
Madeline Will, August 3, 2020
4 min read
Teaching Profession Strikes Are an Option to Force Schools to Reopen Safely, AFT President Says
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said the union would pursue lawsuits and "safety strikes" if necessary.
Madeline Will, July 28, 2020
3 min read
Local teacher Lisa Vaaler joins other teachers as they hold a #Return2SchoolSafely Motor March protest Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Phoenix. Several Arizona teachers voiced fears about returning to school in a state that continues to be ravaged by the coronavirus.
Local teacher Lisa Vaaler joins other teachers as they hold a #Return2SchoolSafely Motor March protest Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Phoenix. Several Arizona teachers voiced fears about returning to school in a state that continues to be ravaged by the coronavirus.
AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin
School & District Management Teachers Are Scared to Go Back to School. Will They Strike?
In the push to reopen schools, many teachers feel their voices aren't being heard. Will they take lessons from their recent protests and fight to protect their health?
Madeline Will, July 20, 2020
8 min read
Teaching Profession Florida Ed. Department Threatens to Fire Thousands of Teachers Rallying for Higher Pay
Thousands of teachers, parents, and other supporters are expected to call for higher pay and more school funding—despite threats from the state that participating teachers could lose their jobs.
Madeline Will, January 13, 2020
4 min read
Federal How Teacher Strikes Could Factor in 2020 Elections
The recent Chicago Teachers Union strike drew attention from Democratic presidential candidates in Illinois, a state won by Democrats in the last White House contest. For 2020, it's possible we could see a twist on that story: big-city teacher strikes in states with less predictable outcomes.
Andrew Ujifusa, November 26, 2019
5 min read
Teaching Profession In Little Rock, Ark., Teachers to Strike for Collective Bargaining Power
Teachers in Little Rock, Ark., will be on the picket lines Thursday for only the second time in the school district's history.
Madeline Will, November 13, 2019
3 min read
School & District Management Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed (Nov. 13, 2019)
A collection of short news stories from the last week.
November 12, 2019
7 min read
Teaching Profession Chicago's Teacher Strike Is Finally Over After 11 Days
The Chicago Teachers Union has reached a deal with the district to make up five of the 11 missed instructional days and end the strike.
Madeline Will, October 31, 2019
3 min read
Teaching Profession Chicago Teachers Have a Deal With the City, But Will Stay on Strike for 11th Day
The Chicago Teachers Union delegates approved a tentative agreement, but will remain on strike until the mayor agrees they can make up the missed days.
Madeline Will, October 30, 2019
4 min read
English-Language Learners Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
Education Week catches you up on the week gone by with a thoughtful look at recent news in K-12 education.
October 29, 2019
6 min read
Teaching Profession Chicago Teachers Have Been on Strike for a Week. Here's What's at Stake
Union leaders are holding civil disobedience training sessions as negotiations with the city stall.
Madeline Will, October 24, 2019
4 min read
Thousands of teachers, teachers’ union members, and supporters gather near the Chicago public schools’ headquarters and march on the streets in downtown Chicago Oct. 17.
Thousands of teachers, teachers’ union members, and supporters gather near the Chicago public schools’ headquarters and march on the streets in downtown Chicago Oct. 17.
Victor Hilitski/Chicago Sun-Times via AP
School & District Management Chicago Strike: Why Teachers Are on the Picket Lines Once Again
Teachers in the nation's third-largest school system are fighting for salary increases, class-size caps, and a written commitment for more nurses, social workers, and librarians—as well as investments some say are outside the scope of collective bargaining.
Madeline Will, October 18, 2019
6 min read
Teaching Profession Chicago Teachers Are On Strike: 3 Things to Know
About 25,000 educators in Chicago are expected to go on strike Thursday.
Madeline Will, October 16, 2019
4 min read