Oakland Teachers: The Deal Stinks – Vote It Down! (Class Struggle Education Workers)

Oakland Teachers: The Deal Stinks – Vote It Down! (Class Struggle Education Workers)


ICE Out of our Schools! NYC Education Workers Prepare to Defend Immigrant Students

February 28 – Educators and students gather in Brooklyn, NY outside meeting of Panel for Education Policy (PEP) to support and organize to defend our students.

This update from Class Struggle Education Workers describes some of the efforts being made by class-struggle unionists to defend immigrants at NYC public schools and universities. It’s time for unions in the Portland area to take similar measures.

Sindicatos de Portland llaman a movilizarse contra el Ku Klux Klan y otras fuerzas racistas

Luego de la victoria del republicano racista, xenófobo y misógino Donald Trump sobre la demócrata guerrerista y representante de Wall Street en las elecciones presidenciales en Estados Unidos del 8 de noviembre, los fascistas encapuchados del Ku Klux Klan anunciaron que organizarían mítines para celebrar su “triunfo”. De conocer rumores que uno de esas provocaciones se llevaría a cabo en la cercanía de Portland, Oregon, el Local 10 del Sindicato de Pintores y Drywaleros (IUPAT) aprobó una moción llamando a una movilización obrera para parar en seco los linchadores del KKK y otras fuerzas racistas.

La resolución (que reproducimos a continuación) fue iniciada por militantes de CSWP (Trabajadores de Lucha Clasista de Portland). Los sindicatos locales de Carpinteros (local 1503), Tramoyistas (local 28), Estudiantes-profesores de posgrado de la Universidad de Oregon (AFT local 3544), así como el consejo regional de Carpinteros del noroeste, luego aprobaron resoluciones parecidas.

¡Movilización de los trabajadores para parar al KKK!

Considerando que en días recientes ha habido un agudo incremento en los ataques racistas y antiinmigrantes en todo el país, y

Considerando que el Ku Klux Klan ha anunciado que realizará amenazantes provocaciones en muchos sitios, y

Considerando que el KKK y otras organizaciones racistas representan una amenaza mortal en contra de los afroamericanos, los latinos y los inmigrantes, así como para los musulmanes, los LGBTT, los judíos, entre muchos otros, y directamente en contra de los miembros de este sindicato y del movimiento obrero en su conjunto, y

Considerando que las fuerzas supremacistas blancas están relacionadas con los orígenes de la legislación antisindical “por el derecho a trabajar” que se propone destruir los sindicatos para impedir que los sindicatos llevarían a la “mezcla racial” entre los trabajadores, y

Considerando que los sindicatos son tenidos como una amenaza por el KKK y otras organizaciones racistas debido a que son una organización de defensa de la clase obrera para todos los trabajadores en la comunidad.

Resolvemos que el Local 10 del Sindicato de Pintores y Gremios Conexos (International Union of Painters and Allied Trades) está listo para unirse a la comunidad para movilizarse en contra del claro y presente peligro de las provocaciones del KKK y otras organizaciones racistas representan para todos nosotros.

Resolución aprobada por los miembros del Local 10 en la reunión mensual de la membresía, realizada el 16 de noviembre de 2016 en Portland, Oregon. La versión original en inglés se encuentra aquí. ■

Support Pasco Teachers: Down with Washington’s Slave-Labor Law!

SEATTLE, Washington – Schools here remain closed today, Friday, September 11 on the fourth day of the strike by public school teachers, the first in 30 years. While the Seattle strike has grabbed national attention, teachers in the southeastern Washington city of Pasco have been on strike since September 1, and are still out in defiance of a court order. As in public schools across the country, teachers have been squeezed by low wages, lack of basic classroom supplies including textbooks, overemphasis on standardized testing, and a dictatorial administration that will not allow teachers, parents or students any input in curriculum development.

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Pasco, WA teachers voted overwhelmingly in August to strike.

On Friday September 4, Franklin County Judge Alex Ekstrom ordered the teachers to return to work Tuesday, after the Labor Day weekend. Under Washington State’s slave labor laws, strikes by public employees are illegal. While the school board refuses to meet with union representatives, the court is set to fine the local union two thousand dollars per day, and individual union executive board members an additional $250 per day. But Pasco teachers courageously refused to bow to the slave-labor injunction and are continuing their strike as of Friday. (A court hearing is scheduled for today to begin imposing the draconian fines.)

Pasco is the largely immigrant city where Antonio Zambrano Montes, a Mexican agricultural worker, was shot down in cold blood by police last February. On Wednesday, the Franklin County prosecutor outrageously announced that no charges would be brought against the cops who gunned down the unarmed Zambrano in a hail of 17 bullets, despite cellphone video recording of the murder seen by millions. However, there may still be a coroner’s jury hearing. Class Struggle Workers – Portland and the Internationalist Group have actively supported protesters in Pasco, who have been hit by a number of arrests. A CSWP fundraiser was held in July to raise money for their defense. A demonstration against this racist injustice will be held in Pasco tomorrow.

Pasco and Seattle teachers are fighting for decent education for their students, and are now standing for the fundamental freedoms of all workers. They must have the support of working people and the labor movement throughout Washington and the country. Smash the slave-labor law! Victory to the teachers!

Pasco teachers continue strike on September 8 despite injunction.
Pasco teachers continue strike on September 8 despite injunction.

Contributions and messages of solidarity should be sent to the Pasco Association of Educators, 2318 W Court St, Pasco, WA 99301.