- Kirstin Roberts: Pre-school teacher picket captain and Chicago Teachers Union rank and file activist.
- Sal Rosselli: President of the National Union of Health Care Workers.*
- Larry Bradshaw: Third Vice President, Service Employees International Union Local 1021.*
*Organizational affiliations listed for identification only.
For decades, politicians and bosses have forced working people to accept layoffs, increased healthcare costs, and no job security as a fact of life. Despite the massive fight in Wisconsin, organized labor was unable to turn back the assault on workers' rights. Chicago teachers, however, refused to give in to Rahm Emanuel's attack on labor and public education. Instead, they built solidarity with community activists against racism and inequality. Their nine day strike drove back the school privatization agenda and showed the way for a democratic, fighting union to take on the bosses and politicians of either party. Workers have rediscovered their most important weapons—the strike and solidarity.
This public forum will feature union members and activists. We'll discuss what the Chicago Teachers Union struggle shows us about the power of working class people to challenge the profit system, hear updates on local union struggles, and ultimately what it will take to rebuild a fighting workers' movement capable of building a better world.
A reception and party will follow the meeting.