By Jessica Goldstein, 14 March 2018
Having demobilized students and pushed through a sellout deal, the Graduate Employees Organization is promoting impotent appeals to university officials.
“I think they should keep striking”
By George Marlowe and Andy Thompson, 6 March 2018
Chicago autoworkers expressed their support for the West Virginia teachers on strike and denounced the conditions they face.
By Kristina Betinis, 12 February 2018
The merger between the two AFT locals was rejected by nearly one-third of those who voted, based on the Chicago Teachers Union’s complicity with Mayor Emanuel’s school privatization efforts.
Amidst cuts to special education and school closure protests
By George Marlowe and Andy Thompson, 2 February 2018
After the resignation of the previous school chief, Chicago Public Schools officials have appointed a new CEO groomed by the political establishment to ramp up the attack on education.
“Management tells the UAW what to do and they say, ‘Okay!’”
By Marcus Day, 5 December 2017
Ford Chicago Assembly workers denounced the grueling working conditions of TPTs which had led to the death of 21-year-old Coby Hennings six weeks ago at Woodhaven Stamping near Detroit.
After ultimatum and threats of job loss
By George Marlowe, 4 November 2017
After the school district of Palatine, Illinois issued an ultimatum to striking support staff, their union sent them back to work without a contract.
With medical and health benefits cut
By George Marlowe, 30 October 2017
Many of the workers make starvation wages as low as $11 an hour, pay high out-of-pocket health care costs and are forced to work a second or third job just to make ends meet.
By Kristina Betinis, 19 October 2017
The court and the school district are running roughshod over the democratic rights of school workers who are fighting for decent wages and benefits.
By George Marlowe, 2 October 2017
The Chicago Police Department is one of the most brutal in the country, synonymous with police murder and the use of CIA-style “black sites.”
“Health care is a human right”
By our reporters, 28 September 2017
While organizers of a rally at UIC promoted Sanders’ single-payer “Medicare for All” bill, the IYSSE outlined the socialist response to health care crisis.
By Jessica Goldstein, 18 September 2017
After seven weeks of struggle, IAM Local 701 imposed a sellout deal on striking Chicago area mechanics.
By Jerry White, 13 September 2017
Chicago area car mechanics, now in the seventh week of their strike, voted down the concessions-laden contract brought back by the International Association of Machinists.
By Jessica Goldstein, 11 September 2017
Mechanics are not paid for the hours worked on the clock, but by the number of hours the automobile manufacturers assign to the parts they work on.
“We don’t know what kind of deal they’ve struck with the breakaway dealerships”
By Jessica Goldstein, 5 September 2017
Striking Chicago-area auto mechanics remain militant during their fifth week of struggle while the union tries to shut down the strike by making deals with independent dealerships.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 5 September 2017
Youth, students, and workers must oppose Mayor Emanuel’s new “Learn. Plan. Succeed.” policy for high school students, designed to force working class and poor students into the military.
By Alexander Fangmann, 23 August 2017
While CPS blames “enrollment changes, program adjustments and/or changes in students’ academic needs,” demographic changes alone do not account for the continued layoffs.
“We work harder for pennies”
By Jessica Goldstein, 7 August 2017
Striking mechanics told the WSWS that after years of concessions they are determined to obtain a real wage increase and better contract terms.
By Jeff Lusanne, 12 July 2017
In a preliminary poll of train operators, 98 percent voted to strike the against the Chicago Transit Authority after 18 months without a new contract.
Notes on police violence
By George Gallanis, 11 July 2017
The still unidentified man shot Sunday is the eighth person killed by the Chicago police this year, coming not even one week since the last fatal shooting.
Notes on police violence
By George Marlowe, 5 July 2017
Despite promises of reform from Democratic mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago police department continues to kill with impunity, as do police forces across the rest of the country.
By Kristina Betinis, 3 July 2017
The greater integration of city and federal policing agencies will do nothing to address the conditions that produce gun violence, rooted in social inequality and mass poverty.
By Alexander Fangmann, 29 June 2017
Rather than striking a blow against the Chicago Police Department’s code of silence, the charges against the three officers are an extension of a cover up that extends to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 24 May 2017
The dual factory closures in the far western suburbs of Chicago take place in an area already hard hit by decades of deindustrialization.
By George Marlowe, 24 May 2017
Far exceeding previous claims, the Chicago police secretly maintain a vast surveillance net covering nearly 15 percent of the city’s population.
By George Marlowe, 19 May 2017
The Obamas are building their shrine to themselves in a highly impoverished area of the city of Chicago as part of their post-presidential mythmaking efforts.
By Kristina Betinis, 12 May 2017
The Emanuel administration is aiming to make an example of Chambers to intimidate and silence teachers who oppose education cuts, high-stakes testing and school privatization.
By Kristina Betinis, 11 April 2017
Just hours before a scheduled vote on a one-day walkout union head Karen Lewis announced, “No, we’re not striking.”
By Jessica Goldstein and Benjamin Mateus, 10 April 2017
The US Environmental Protection Agency determined that the relocation of West Calumet residents was unnecessary.
By Kristina Betinis, 30 March 2017
As part of the latest round of cuts, the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel has threatened to end the school year nearly three weeks early.
By our reporter, 16 March 2017
Chicago schools and the city’s water infrastructure contains lead piping that expose the population to the danger of lead poisoning.
Stop censorship at Loyola University-Chicago
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 1 March 2017
The IYSSE calls on Loyola University Chicago to reverse its decision barring the International Socialist Organization from forming a student club.
By Alexander Fangmann, 25 February 2017
Trump wants to unleash is a violent and ruthless crackdown on working class and impoverished communities, along with a clampdown on protests against police violence,
By Jessica Goldstein, 20 February 2017
Although lead contamination in the area has been known of for decades, no substantial efforts were made to address the toxin until recently.
By George Marlowe, 13 February 2017
In what amounts to yet another political cover up of police murders in Chicago, prosecutors claimed that the officer acted in self-defense despite witness testimony to the contrary.
By Alexander Fangmann, 6 February 2017
A newly released report details how the public housing agency fails to provide housing vouchers or construct new units.
By George Gallanis, 3 February 2017
Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, has threatened to carry out a Reagan-style strikebreaking operation if 30,000 state workers walk out to oppose his demands for concessions.
By Kristina Betinis, 27 January 2017
Trump’s threats to intervene in Chicago to promote “law and order” reveal his plans for urban areas across the nation.
By our reporters, 24 January 2017
Those who rallied to oppose the politics of the Trump administration were confronted with the Democratic Party’s stock-in-trade of identity politics and militarism.
By Marcus Day, 21 January 2017
Lowell Houser, a 28-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday for fatally shooting and killing an unarmed man earlier this month.
By George Marlowe, 17 January 2017
A report released by the Obama administration’s Department of Justice last week highlights unconstitutional acts of police brutality by the Chicago Police Department.
By George Marlowe, 12 January 2017
Jamal Parks died from a gunshot wound to the head in Deerfield, Illinois, in the midst of a dangerous police shootout aboard a passenger-filled train.
By George Gallanis, 12 January 2017
The issues raised by this violent and cruel incident can be properly understood only by placing it within its socio-economic and political context.
By Alexander Fangmann, 6 December 2016
Rauner’s veto, which could result in deep school cuts, was widely expected by the Chicago Teachers Union, which concealed this from teachers in order to block a strike and push through concessions.
By Jessica Goldstein, 28 November 2016
The recent shootings take place one year after the release of dashcam footage of the murder of 17-year-old black youth Laquan McDonald by a Chicago cop.
By our reporters, 14 November 2016
For the second time in a week, anti-Trump protesters gathered in downtown Chicago Saturday morning expressing social anger felt throughout the United States in the wake of Trump’s election.
By our reporters, 4 November 2016
Niles Niemuth, the SEP US vice presidential candidate, addressed workers and students at meetings held in Rock Island and Chicago, Illinois, over the last week.
By Alexander Fangmann, 3 November 2016
The Chicago Teachers Union on Tuesday announced the ratification of a concessions-laden contract.
By Kristina Betinis, 31 October 2016
The decision by the Chicago Teachers Union to delay the vote by two days, supposedly to allow teachers to read the contract, is an indication that there is widespread opposition.
Mobilize the working class to defend public education
By the Socialist Equality Party, 26 October 2016
The agreement, fraudulently presented as a “fair deal” by the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public Schools system, is a further attack on teachers and public education.
By our reporter, 20 October 2016
Both district officials and union leaders are hailing as a success a contract that will escalate the attack on teachers, while paving the way for the closure of more public schools.
By Jeff Lusanne, 20 October 2016
The American Federation of Teachers has helped craft a new contract for charter school teachers in Chicago that mirrors a concessions contract accepted for public school teachers.
By Eric London, 19 October 2016
A tentative agreement announced by the Chicago Teachers Union, and praised by the ISO, would mark a new stage in the attack on teachers and on public education.
By Marcus Day, 13 October 2016
The ISO-led Chicago Teachers Union is doing everything in its power to force its second concessions contract in four years onto angry and defiant teachers.
By Kristina Betinis, 12 October 2016
As teachers angrily denounce concessions in the CTU’s tentative agreement, the International Socialist Organization is painting the settlement as a victory against Rahm Emanuel.
As union heads scramble to settle
By Kristina Betinis, 30 September 2016
After nearly a year and a half without a contract, the teachers union has set a walkout date for October 11.
By our reporters, 10 September 2016
White spoke to workers and youth about the expansion of war, the growth of social inequality, and the need for a socialist political leadership to guide the struggles of the working class.
By George Marlowe, 9 September 2016
The call for greater policing and an escalation of law-and-order measures comes on the heels of growing public disaffection with the entire political establishment.
By Catherine Long, 3 September 2016
Extremely high levels of lead and arsenic are present in the soil due to the historic absence of environmental controls on the metal smelting industry in East Chicago.
By George Marlowe, 2 September 2016
According to a new report, 92 people have been killed in six years by Chicago police officers, a majority of them in areas of high poverty.
“I don’t think there’s a whole lot we can do unless some type of revolution kicks off”
By our reporters, 31 August 2016
SEP campaigners visited Aurora, once a major industrial center, and now the second largest city in the state, to promote Jerry White and Niles Niemuth’s presidential campaign.
By Alexander Fangmann, 22 August 2016
The seven cops are among ten recommended for termination in a recent city inspector general’s report issued even as police violence continues.
By Matthew Brennan, 13 August 2016
The decision by Moraine Valley Community College to drop segregated college-readiness courses, after an initial defense by school officials, came amid criticism from students and parents.
By Kristina Betinis, 11 August 2016
In pressing teachers for major concessions, Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel is relying on the Chicago Teachers Union to suppress opposition.
After the Paul O’Neal murder
By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 8 August 2016
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White issued the following statement after the release of video showing the brutal police murder of 18-year-old Paul O’Neal.
By Kristina Betinis, 6 August 2016
The July 28 murder of Paul O’Neal is the latest in a series of police killings around the US that have claimed the lives of nearly 700 victims so far this year.
“We are suffering, struggling, and they’re getting richer and richer”
By our reporters, 18 July 2016
Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party campaigned for presidential candidate Jerry White at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, a shopping center and a transit station Saturday.
By George Marlowe, 15 July 2016
The Chicago Police Department conducted warrantless raids of homes in a neighborhood in the South Side while searching for alleged gunmen.
By our reporters, 18 June 2016
White took the SEP presidential campaign to Chicago, speaking to workers at a Ford Motor Company plant and in downtown Chicago at a transit station.
By Jeff Lusanne, 31 May 2016
WSWS reporters spoke to homeless people in Chicago about their living conditions and the budgetary cuts to critical social programs.
By Kristina Betinis, 9 May 2016
Amidst growing anger from teachers, the CTU is working to block a struggle against the Emanuel administration.
By George Gallanis, 7 May 2016
The layoffs are part of a bipartisan effort by Illinois Democrats and Republicans to permanently slash funding for the state’s public higher education system.
By George Gallanis, 15 April 2016
Pierre Loury was shot in the chest while climbing a fence in the Homan Square neighborhood of Chicago.
By Jessica Goldstein, 14 April 2016
The Illinois state budget impasse and rising housing costs are contributing to a mounting homelessness crisis.
By George Marlowe, 13 April 2016
Internal Chicago police documents reveal violent abuse of detainees at the secret interrogation center in Homan Square.
By George Marlowe, 8 April 2016
Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to appoint Eddie Johnson as police chief exposes the fraud of his so-called “reform” of the police department.
By Kristina Betinis and George Marlowe, 2 April 2016
In the face of enormous opposition among teachers to the attacks on public education, the CTU called a phony one-day “strike” to politically disarm teachers by promoting illusions in the Democratic Party.
By Kristina Betinis, 1 April 2016
The most critical issue facing teachers is developing an independent struggle against the CTU-Democratic Party alliance
By Kristina Betinis, 26 March 2016
As union leaders deepen their alliance with the Democratic Party and the right-wing administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, teachers are coming into increasing conflict with the union.
By Kristina Betinis, 12 March 2016
The struggle to defend public education brings teachers into conflict with both big business parties, the corporations they represent and the unions that push through their policies.
“Education should be a right”
By George Marlowe, 4 March 2016
Students and faculty at the predominantly working-class Chicago State University spoke out against the possibility of budget cuts which would devastate higher education.
By Alexander Fangmann, 29 February 2016
The South Side institution is on its way to becoming the first victim of the bipartisan effort to drastically downsize public higher education in Illinois.
By George Marlowe, 18 February 2016
In an attempt to intimidate any opposition to police brutality, a Chicago police officer is suing the estate of Quintonio LeGrier, whom he fatally shot, for $10 million in damages.
By Marcus Day, 18 February 2016
In a recent article, the ISO—which plays a leading role in the Chicago Teachers Union—defended the rotten agreement the CTU attempted to ram past teachers earlier this month.
By Jerry White, 8 February 2016
The struggle to defend the right to education poses political questions that are critical for the entire working class.
By Jerry White, 5 February 2016
Thousands of teachers marched in downtown Chicago Thursday to oppose threats by school authorities to cut 1,000 jobs and slash $100 million from the school budget.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party
4 February 2016
A real struggle to defend public education must begin with an understanding that teachers face in the Chicago Teachers Union an enemy no less bitter than Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
By Kristina Betinis, 3 February 2016
The Chicago Public Schools announced $100 million in budget cuts just one day after the rejection of an agreement backed by the teachers’ union.
By George Gallanis, 1 February 2016
In the past decade, Chicago’s youth and young adults have seen a steady increase in unemployment, and with it social misery.
By Kristina Betinis, 25 January 2016
Negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and the administration of Rahm Emanuel continue amid growing resistance to cuts, including from Detroit teachers.
By Kristina Betinis, 21 January 2016
Plans to allow the city of Chicago and its school system to declare bankruptcy are part of an escalating attack on public education and all the rights of the working class.
By George Gallanis, 16 January 2016
The video, which has been concealed by the Chicago Police Department for three years, contradicts the official findings of the police.
By George Gallanis, 9 January 2016
Attorneys uncovered further evidence of a cover-up by the CPD while reading through recently released witness statements from the night of the shooting.
By Alexander Fangmann, 7 January 2016
A Senior Corporation Counsel for the city resigned after a judge sanctioned him and overturned a jury verdict that found in favor of two police officers in a wrongful death lawsuit.
By Marcus Day, 4 January 2016
One worker was killed and another critically injured Saturday after a concrete wall collapsed at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant, the company’s oldest continually operating factory.
By Kristina Betinis, 4 January 2016
In the name of “reform” and in the midst of a deepening political crisis, Emanuel is planning to double the number of tasers employed by the police.
By Kristina Betinis, 28 December 2015
The shootings occur amid a crisis in the city following the exposure of a cover-up by the Emanuel administration of the police murder of 19-year-old Laquan McDonald.
By George Gallanis, 22 December 2015
The Teamsters union, which represents 15,000 Coca-Cola workers, is isolating the 319 striking workers in order to block a wider fight.
By Marcus Day, 16 December 2015
The ISO has sought to obscure the class issues surrounding police murder in Chicago, promote racial politics and prevent a break with the Democratic Party.
By Kristina Betinis, 15 December 2015
While teachers have repeatedly demonstrated their determination to fight, the Chicago Teachers Union is opposed to any struggle against the Democratic Party.
Notes on police violence in America
By Gabriel Black, 15 December 2015
A notorious Chicago judge acquitted a veteran police officer Monday of official misconduct and aggravated battery, despite DNA evidence on his gun.