United Teachers Los Angeles STRIKE DAY ONE

DAY 1: Teacher Rebellion Floods LA

By the numbers:

  • 30,000 UTLA members signed in on picket lines across LA
  • 900+ school sites participated – every school in LA joined the strike
  • 10,000+ parents, students and community members joined on the picket lines.
  • 50,000+ people march to LAUSD HQ, demanding action

Los Angeles flooded with public education supporters, demanding a reinvestment in our public schools. Not just a declaration and show of support for public education and teachers, but a rebuke to Austin Beutner’s agenda to starve and privatize our schools. This show of unity and determination sends a strong message to Beutner and the School Board that our members are determined to stay on the picket lines as long as we have to, that we are not playing games, that parents and community are behind us, that we are prepared to do whatever it takes to give our students a chance at a quality education.

Teachers quickly rebutted Beutner’s lies when he said only 3,500 teachers were on strike. This was an attempt to minimize the impact and power of our action. This is what UTLA members have been subjected to: lies and deception from an employer who continues to disrespect educators and students. UTLA leaders tonight call on members, parents and the community to hold even stronger picket lines tomorrow.

https://www.utla.net/news/strike-wrap-day-1

Fierce strike against the protesting teachers by the greek government of SYRIZA-ANEL!

January 11th, 2019

Fierce strike against the protesting teachers by the greek government of SYRIZA-ANEL!

The World Federation of Teachers Unions FISE, member of WFTU (World Federation of Trade Unions), condemns the fierce attack of police force with the use of chemicals and flash-bangs against teachers in Greec, who have started their strike on the 11th of January 2019 and were protesting outside the greek parlament.

The government reinstatement forces injured on the head the teacher and syndicalist in the Teacher Federation and executive of PAME, Drimala Theodora, the teacher and MP for KKE, Delis Giannis and a student of the Philosophics Department, in the University of Athens.

This action is being registered as yet another act of autarchy and barbarism from the government of SYRIZA-ANEL, so that its policy against the people can be passed.

The continuous massive demonstrations of the teachers and the students in Greece are being organised as opposition to the bill regarding the hirings, announced by the government of SYRIZA-ANEL, which is aiming to force thousands of teachers to unemployment and to strike their right to permanent and stable employment.

The teachers demand the uncovered positions in Education covered and the permanent employment of the 30.000 replacement teachers, who have been working with elastic labor contracts.

FISE supports the demonstrations of the teachers and their demands, so that noone gets fired, the replacement teachers get hired permantly, as they have been working for some years now in the schools; so that everyone can have a permanent and stable working position!

We send you a message of solidarity and wish best of luck with your struggle!

 THE SECRETARIAT

ARGENTINA: Internationalist Solidarity with and the Workers of the Teaching Service and the Argentine people.

The International Federation of Trade Unions of Education (FISE) representing the 122 member countries of the five continents, and being one of the UIS Affiliated to the WFTU-FSM (WORLD FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS) with its more than 95 million workers in 130 countries, expressed expressing itself by Full Support and Internationalist Solidarity, for the teaching workers and the Argentine people, likewise, we strongly condemn and repudiate the decision of the government in turn that wants to deprive young people from 15 to 18 years of age who work access to compulsory secondary education and therefore to the teaching staff, this when trying to close 14 night schools; consequently affecting them arbitrarily and directly in each of their jobs, LA FISE AS WELL AS THE WFTU, supports the class union movement and ratifies that it is on the side of the workers, always emphasizing attentive to the just defense of the rights of students who fight for the continuity of night schools, for more scholarships and free tickets for all and all students of the night shift.

We ask the National Government headed by the president, Ing. Mauricio Macri, to be aware of the serious situation that this decision would cause, and of course, we respect with respect and adherence to international labor law, to address this complex situation immediately and instead of closing night schools, investing in the generation of more and better jobs for teachers, we point and hope to open more public schools, new places for teachers of new income, a significant increase in night schools and of course contrary to the cut budget is guaranteed greater budget, the unprofitable and inviolable UNIVERSAL RIGHT FOR A PUBLIC, COMPULSORY, LAY AND FREE EDUCATION. BEING THAT OF THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE.

We hope that a dialogue table will be opened that will lead to concrete, just agreements in bilateral forms, which will strengthen the Worthy Work. And it should be pointed out that there is still confidence that the intervention of the INTERNATIONALIST UNIT will not have to come from the 122 countries affiliated to the WFTU-FISE and distributed in the 5 continents of the world. Important union organizations UNITED IN ACTION AND WITH TOTAL SUPPORT adding forces.

  • No at the close of the 14 night schools.
  • Worthy Wage Increase, NOT the budget cut.
  • Social Security guarantees and a halt to attacks against teachers.
  • Respect for the Right to Strike.
  • Rejection of Neoliberal Policies and the Privatization of Education.
  • Solution to the demands of the Teachers Workers, as well as other demands expressed in the dialogue table and fight platform.

Mariano García
Secretary General of the FISE
The Secretariat

Solidarity message to Moroccan teachers

3/1/2019

Solidarity message to Moroccan teachers

The World Federation of Teacher Unions FISE, a member of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), representing the working class movement among teachers, sends a solidarity message to the FNE Maroc. The struggle of teachers to improve their working terms so that the educational system meets the needs of working class children is a struggle for all workers. Together teachers, parents, students, trade unions can and must strengthen the struggles.

We wish Good luck with your struggle! In today’s strike on January 3, 2019

with militant greetings 

THE SECRETARIAT

A Christmas Eve Tragedy

An 8-year-old Guatemalan child dies in U.S. custody on Christmas Eve after being treated for a cold

The Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, N.M., where U.S. Customs and Border Protection said an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died late Christmas Eve while in custody of immigration authorities. (Paul Ratje / AFP/Getty Images)

An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died late Christmas Eve in the custody of U.S. immigration authorities, the second death in less than three weeks of a child in detention and a searing new emblem of Trump administration border policies that critics are lambasting as cruel and inhumane.

The boy’s death at a New Mexico hospital marked yet another grim inflection point in the wider immigration struggle that has roiled U.S. politics this year, stirring partisan passions and fueling outrage over the ongoing separation of hundreds of children from their parents at the border.

Monday’s death, announced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, comes against the backdrop of a separate migration-related battle: the partial government shutdown over President Trump’s demand of $5 billion for a border wall. There is no indication that the shutdown had anything to do with the child’s death, however. Customs and Border Protection agents are considered essential employees and remain on the job.

The 8-year-old, who had been detained earlier, along with his father, died shortly before midnight Monday, CBP said in a statement. After the boy showed “signs of potential illness” Monday, he was taken with his father to Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo but released after being given medication for a cold and fever, the agency said.

Returned to the hospital Monday evening with nausea and vomiting, the boy died hours later, according to CBP, which pledged an “independent and thorough review” of the circumstances. No cause of death has yet been officially determined.

But immigration advocates said the boy’s death was only the latest indication of a larger humanitarian crisis triggered by the Trump administration’s harsh policies.

“This is a horrific tragedy,” the ACLU tweeted. “CBP must be held accountable and stopped from jailing children.” It called for the next Congress to investigate the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees CBP. Democrats will hold a majority in the House of Representatives from Jan. 3.

Amnesty International also called for an investigation of the deaths, in a statement that decried “policies of cruelty toward migrants and asylum-seekers at the border.”

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