by Kyle Olson
CHICAGO – On the first day of its strike, the Chicago Teachers Union was joined by a supportive collection of political radicals, including some proudly wearing Che Guevara t-shirts and others hoisting anarchist flags.
We thought this was a teachers strike, not a rally for a socialist revolution. Perhaps there is no difference between the two anymore.
One radical hoisting a flag explained it stood for “revolutionary unionism” and that strong unions can stand up to “capitalists.” He said the union has leaders who got elected on a “syndicalist” platform.
“Syndicalism is a type of economic system proposed as a replacement for capitalism and an alternative to state socialism, which uses Confederations of collectivised trade unions or industrial unions. It is a form of socialist economic corporatism that advocates interest aggregation of multiple non-competitive categorised units to negotiate and manage an economy.”
Translation: government of the unions, by the unions and for the unions.
Another protester, who was possibly intoxicated, said the strikers were fighting for air conditioning for Chicago schools and that it was “inhumane” for them not to have it. He also alleged “caucasian” schools have it while “African-American, Hispanic” schools do not.”
The union has urged its members (and presumably the friendly radicals) not to talk to the media. The ones who are probably shouldn’t.