Visions of Teacher Unionism: Tactics and Directions of the Contemporary Teacher Movement

The mass teacher strikes in recent years in Chicago, West Virginia, Arizona, and other places have reasserted teachers’ demands to play a role in shaping education. School shutdowns and teacher outcries against unsafe working conditions have built on these demands during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What direction should this re-energized teacher movement take? Should it focus on acting as teachers’ voice? Or, should it focus on building coalitions that fight for the broader common good and racial justice? What role should strikes play in these fights? Our panel of teacher activists and scholars will grapple with these questions.