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Product Details

  • Series: Jacobin
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781683255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781683255
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brilliant political analysis." –The Nation

“Indefatigable reporting and elegant writing backed by an erudite command of the relevant history, and by precious on-the-ground experience as an organizer. Uetricht’s first book establishes him as the most exciting young labor writer today.” –Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America

“A short, accessible guide to one of the most important and inspiring events of our time.”–Brian Jones, member of the Movement of Rank-and-File Educators

“A wonderfully readable, smart account of the CTU’s transformation into a democratic, militant
union that with its community partners took on Chicago and the nation’s power elite.” –Lois Weiner, author The Future of Our Schools: Teachers Unions and Social Justice

“An indispensable account of a strike that was badly misconstrued and underreported by the mainstream media. Uetricht not only tells the story lucidly, but explains why the struggle of teachers in Chicago should matter to all of us.” –Liza Featherstone, author of Selling Women
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About the Author

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. 

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It gives a good examination of the execution of the 2012 strike and a thorough summary and conclusion of its effects.
Michael J. Sacco
I would like to have seen the focus of the book remain on the teachers union struggle and not oscillate between the union and the denouncing of charter schools.
shareena clark
I strongly recommend this insightful and inspiring book to anyone who cares about reasserting democracy in public school structures and educational equity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin Horne on April 10, 2014
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Micah Uetricht provides a very accessible introduction to the Chicago Teachers Union strike of 2012. He explains the development of the CORE caucus which was instrumental in turning the local into a fighting union (not only for teachers but for the students and families they serve). He also gives a lucid picture of the environment in Chicago during the strike (which was overwhelmingly positive for the teachers). He rounds out the book with some discussion of the neoliberal attacks on education (which the strike was a response to) and the necessity of public sector unions to be democratic and to fight for services in general, not just the interest of their members, if there is to be any hope and pushing back against privatization and neoliberalism.

A must read for all progressive people.
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This brief and exhilarating history of Chicago's CORE, a caucus within the Chicago Teachers Union, is essential reading for those on the frontline of corporate school reform such as charter school union organizers. Well written, contains vivid descriptions of strategy, decisions and rationales which can serve as a playbook for teachers in the trenches. I strongly recommend this insightful and inspiring book to anyone who cares about reasserting democracy in public school structures and educational equity.
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This was an interesting book about organizing, told a very detailed story about the struggles of the Chicago Teachers Union. I would like to have seen the focus of the book remain on the teachers union struggle and not oscillate between the union and the denouncing of charter schools. The talk about charters seemed tangential and distracted me as a reader from the real subject, the union.
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This is the most important "short" book on an important labor struggle since Peter Rachleff's book on P-9. It is a great overview of the reform of the Chicago Teacher's Union (CTU) and it's remodeling and prep for a fight back against "Mayor 1%," Rahm Emmanuel. It gives a good examination of the execution of the 2012 strike and a thorough summary and conclusion of its effects. This is not a be-all and end-all analysis, but a darn good read that is well researched and written. Jacobin also offers a free companion booklet to this book that has excellent articles that offer a guide and analysis to the attack on public education in the US.
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