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Published on Apr 2, 2016
Tens of thousands of teachers, students, fast food workers and public service workers struck, picketed, marched and rallied on April 1, 2016 In Chicago, It was called a "day of action" and one of the largest mass labor protests held in recent years. The Chicago Teachers who are represented by the Chicago Teachers Union CTU are without a contract went on strike and were joined by state university and community college faculty, staff without contracts and students. The people of Illinois are facing a whole scale shutdown of public education statewide by Governor Rauner who is seeking to destroy the public education system and eliminate the unions in Illinois. Corrupt Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has also angered Chicago students who joined the protest against the frontal attack on their right to an education and the blatant racist character of these policies which are primarily aimed at the African American, Latino and working class youth. Rahm Emanuel and Governor Rauner who spent $27 million of his money to get elected have laid down the gauntlet to workers and organized labor in their drive to privatize all public education and public services. Educators and students speak out on privatization, charters, union busting, and the need to fight for living wages.ATU Chicago Transit Authority CTA workers are also without a contract as well and their members speak out about their working conditions and lives. International trade unionists also joined the protests from KCTU Korea, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Bermuda and other countries. Many teachers also demanded the removal of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel along with the recall of Governor Rauner and some called for an independent workers party. Members of Chicago Teachers and AFT members from throughout the country along with ATU 241, SEIU and AFSCME talk about why they are fed up. Production of Labor Video Project www.laborvideo.org