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Rally, march to workers’ rights mobilization: TODAY, 11 AM
Federal Plaza, Adams and Dearborn, Chicago

  • Feeder march to noon state-wide labor rights rally at Daley Plaza via Citadel, JPMorgan Chase, CPS Board of Education.

CTU, allies will march to labor rally – and make a few stops on the way

Student drum-line will lead parents, teachers, allies on feeder march that targets predatory financial outfits, calls out racist school policies – and demands support for workers’ rights.

CHICAGO, IL With the Supreme Court poised to hear arguments in the Janus case, union workers from across the state are rallying for labor rights today. The CTU is joining that mobilization with a drum-line – and making a few stops on the way.

The CTU kicks off our rally and feeder march at 11 am today at Federal Plaza at Dearborn and Adams with a student drum-line. From there, we’ll make stops at some of the city’s biggest facilitators of school privatization and attacks on workers. Stops include:

  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, one of CPS’ biggest lenders;
  • Hedge fund Citadel, run by billionaire school privatizer Ken Griffin, one of Mayor Emanuel’s biggest donors;
  • The Chicago Board of Education, a rubber stamp for a mayor who has closed dozens of schools, shortchanged special education students and fomented disruption and neglect in neighborhood public schools that educate Chicago’s overwhelmingly low-income Black and Brown students.

Speakers and marchers will include students and union teachers from Hope, Robeson and other Englewood schools targeted for closure; Elisabeth Greer, the local school council chair of NTA – also slated for closure by Emanuel in a takeover bid by wealthy south Loop interests; Amisha Patel, executive director of the Grassroots Collaborative; Tony Johnson, president of Cook County Colleges Teachers Union Local 1600; and allies, including members of GEM – the Grassroots Education Movement.

The goal of the action is to connect the dots between Emanuel’s racist school closings, predatory lending that undercuts the solvency of public agencies like CPS; and the pivotal role that hedge funds and big finance play in promoting – and bankrolling – attacks on working people and their unions, including the Janus case.

Saturday’s feeder march and rally – part of a nationwide day of action – come just days before the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, a case initiated by right-wing billionaire Governor Bruce Rauner that’s designed to intensify a rigged system that undercuts working people’s freedom to organize and sustain strong unions. Some of the nation’s wealthiest dark money think tanks, right-wing foundations and conservative mega-donors are bankrolling Janus and parallel initiatives, part of their sustained assault on workers’ rights, labor unions and living wage work.

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