Statement of Support for the Chicago Teacher’s Union

The Campus Faculty Association at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign expresses its strong solidarity with the Chicago Teachers’ Union in their historic strike for educational equity in the city’s public schools.  At a moment of widespread privatization, CTU has been exemplary in defending the ideal of excellent neighborhood schools, demanding smaller class sizes and nurses, social workers, and libraries throughout the CPS system. At the same time, the teachers have wisely cast their lot with members of the Service Employees Union which includes many of the lowest paid workers in the system. This has brought them strong support not only from unions and educational experts throughout the US, but more importantly, from students and parents in Chicago’s public schools. We wish you quick success in this vital struggle for greater educational democracy.

Executive Committee, Campus Faculty Association,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign