Chicago is in the middle of a deep rooted battle with the Chicago Board of Education. We have been told the world is watching our movement and taking notes on what we have been doing. We have a very strong and powerful union that has risen from the rank and file. The BOE and state of Illinois have been using funds from outside of the state to pass laws to try to make it impossible to strike and to pass laws about what we can and can't bargain for. We have powerfully stood up for ourselves by: Rallying downtown with 10,000 people. They passed a law that 75% of our membership needed to vote for a strike- (not 75% of voters) we voted overwhelmingly yes- with over 23,000 yes votes and under 500 no votes. Our union gave the needed 10 day strike notice last week and we will walk out on September 10th if negotiations are still not going well. Many of the educational policies that are happening across the country started here with Arne Duncan and now we are pushing back. Stand in solidarity with us and we will stand in solidarity with you.