Return of the Strike: A Forum on the Teachers’ Rebellion in the United States

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Abstract

Bringing together leading observers of the 2018 teachers’ strikes in the United States, this forum surveys the origins, character, and trajectory of the rebellion as a whole. We examine the relations between union bureaucracies and the rank and file, the wider political context of the United States, the geography of the strike, immediate and longer-term grievances in the public-education sector, spontaneity and organisation, local cultural contexts and labour histories, strategies and tactics, social reproduction and gender, race and racism, and the potentialities and obstacles facing the movement in the near future.

Return of the Strike: A Forum on the Teachers’ Rebellion in the United States

in Historical Materialism

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BrooksChris 2018What Should Unions Do After The Strike Wave Recedes?New Labor ForumApril <http://newlaborforum.cuny.edu/2018/04/27/unions-strike-wave-recedes/> accessed 24 June 2018.

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