Until the day I retired from teaching I was a teacher unionist. I still support every fight for the right to collectively bargain. Who wasn’t inspired by the Red State Teacher Strikes? When teachers anywhere go on strike I try to report on it here. I can’t count the number of teacher strikes around the […]Read More I was a teacher unionist. I bargained many contracts. The contract never defined me.
Trisha Connolly and Clare Kelly are teachers and members of the Illinois Education Association and the National Education Association. Both were elected delegates to the state and national Representative Assemblies. They wrote this in reaction to NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia’s statements about gun violence in the wake of the Dayton and El Paso mass […]Read More NEA leaders obstruct efforts that would end endorsements of NRA-backed politicians.
As the end of August looms and my younger teacher friends already have the first days of school on their minds, I can’t quit it. Once a career teacher, always a teacher. At least in my head. Once a union teacher, always a union teacher. Even in retirement. I was a part of our local’s […]Read More Why do teachers have to bargain class size?
Both Jackie and Rossana have been on Hitting Left before so we all laughed when they screwed up the intro. Live radio. We asked them both to come back because we wanted to spend some time talking about the recent events in Puerto Rico and issues of immigration and white supremacy. Mike had originally […]Read More Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Jackie Serrato and Rossana Rodriquez.
The stories coming out of Ohio and Texas remain painful to watch. For those of us who are not personally touched by the loss, it is impossible to imagine. Trump’s teleprompter response, tone deaf and lacking in any vocal affect, was simply bizarre. September will start the eighth school year since I retired from teaching. […]Read More Collateral damage.
You know about the on-going debate about whether Russian bots – some using Facebook – made a difference in the outcome of the 2016 election. My tendency, without discounting that there was Russian, Israeli or American dark money, is to hold the Democratic Party leadership mostly responsible. They rigged the nomination of a terrible candidate. […]Read More Banning the socialist Gustav Courbet from Facebook.
The pictures coming out of Dayton and El Paso this weekend continue to be hard to watch. I keep reading that you can become immune to it. About how it can be the new normal. Not yet. Not for me. Officials don’t know, or aren’t saying, what made the Dayton killer engage in mass murder. […]Read More Why won’t the NEA do more than send prayers and thoughts?
I was really looking forward to Friday’s Hitting Left. Ken Davis, long-time host of CAN-TV’s Chicago Newsroom has had Mike and me on his weekly public access show and we were honored to return the favor. He’s as smart an observer of Chicago politics as you can find. Unlike many, “what do YOU think,” is […]Read More Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Simon Balto and Ken Davis.
When the last two nights of Democratic debates got into health care, those who argued for keeping work-based health insurance as something people love must be talking about people on some other planet. One joker up there kept talking about Medicare for All as making work-based insurance illegal. I wish. In 2003 we were […]Read More The Democratic Party centrists love work-based health insurance. We hated it so much we had go on strike over it.