Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Video from SOS12: Teachers' Unions, Teachers' Rights, Teachers' Voice

This is must see though I know it is long. This workshop led by Mike Klonsky and featuring his brother Fred, Dr. Michael A. Walker-Jones, Executive Director, Louisiana Association of Educators, along with one of my Chicago pals Xian Barrett is loaded with meat. Even Leo Casey makes an appearance with a comment that may cause some comments. In the audience were John Elfrank-Dana, CL of Murry Bergtraum HS and Arthur Goldstein, CL of Francis Lewis HS.

Xian's comments offer some blueprints on the organizing in Chicago. Unfortunately my battery ran out and I lost the last part of his comments. But later, Jaisal Noor, from The Real News Network, interviewed Xian and was kind enough to let me film it. It is included at the end. So if you don't have time to watch the entire thing at least scroll ahead to that part. It was about 10 minutes. (I will put that up in a separate post with come commentary on how the unions in NYC and Chicago differ.)

Here is the official lineup:

Dr. Michael A. Walker-Jones, Executive Director, Louisiana Association of Educators; Fred Klonsky, Chicago activist, blogger, and former local union president of the Park Ridge Education Association, and Xian Barrett, member of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). SOS Steering Committee members Lee Barrios and Mike Klonsky will help moderate and act as respondents.

Teachers' Unions, Teachers' Rights, Teachers' Voice - SOS 2012 Washington, DC August 4, 2012 from Grassroots Education Movement on Vimeo.

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james boutin said...

Thanks for posting all these videos, Norm. Good seeing you in DC.

Anonymous said...

Can you please tell us what Leo said?????

ed notes online said...

You have to see the context. Scroll through the video until you come to him and go back a few minutes. something about having to pick your battles that you can win -- he didn't list the battles the UFT has picked and won.