An estimated 18,000 people rallied at Daley Plaza in Chicago before marching towards the board of education. Members of the Chicago Teachers Union were joined by members of the Fraternal Order of Police, the National Nurses Association, the National Association fo Letter Carriers, the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and several other labor unions. The rally was held to show support for the Chicago teachers who are now a week away from a strike.
Reminding us that their fight is our fight, CTU president Karen Lewis called their battle “a fight for the very soul of public education — not only in Chicago, but everywhere.”
For public educators across the country, there has never been a more meaningful Labor Day than this one.