Video: Chicago teachers speak on their strike and the defense of public education

26 September 2012

On September 10, 26,000 Chicago teachers struck against changes to public education demanded by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and backed by the Obama administration. Teachers won wide public support, but the Chicago Teachers Union worked quickly to settle with the city. After a vote at a House of Delegates meeting, the strike was ended last week, though teachers still must vote on the contract.

In the following interviews, taken during the strike with Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White and supporters of the SEP, teachers discuss the strike and the broader issues at stake.