Making the case for teachers' right to strike

07/6/2011 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

The decision by Illinois lawmakers to make it more difficult for the Chicago Teachers Union to authorize a strike borders on undemocratic, according to one teacher. Under a new state law, the union becomes the only one in the state required to have support from 75% of its members before authorizing a strike. In response, teacher James Mullane says the decision to restrict collective bargaining rights leads him to question what to tell his students when they ask what kind of government the U.S. has.

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