Building Power from the Bottom Up: Grassroots Democracy and Union Power at UChicago after the CTU Strike

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
7:00pm until 8:30pm

Cobb 110, Cobb Lecture Hall
5811 S. Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Join Graduate Students United (GSU) for an open discussion on grassroots organizing which will be the first in a series of forums called “The University Chicago Deserves,” which seeks to strengthen student organization and build alliances with other unions and our community.

During the recent Chicago Teachers Union strike, tens of thousands of CTU members and supporters participated in daily marches. The seven-day strike came on the heels of a downtown rally and march of 6,000 teachers in May and then more than 24,000 members voting in June to authorize a strike. None of this would have been possible two years ago. How did the members of the Chicago Teachers Union transform themselves into a activist, member-driven union that formed community alliances to fight for the schools Chicago children deserve?The forum’s speakers will lay out how the structure and tactics of the union’s contract campaign laid the foundation to create arguably the strongest union in the city and the strongest teacher’s local in the country.

There will be ample time for discussion at the forum, as we seek to involve graduate students, university community members, and labor activists in a discussion about what the Chicago Teachers Union can teach us about how to organize ourselves to win the university Chicago students deserve.

Details about our confirmed panelists are coming soon! See the facebook event page for further information.