In response to requests, the Chicago Teachers Union has identified the following immediate ways to provide support.
Send letters and resolutions of support. Mail to:
Karen Lewis, President Chicago Teachers Union Local 1
Attention: Audrey May
222 Merchandise Mart, 4th Floor
Chicago, Il 60654.
Donations. Donations may be made via check or credit card. Checks should be made payable to: CTU Solidarity Fund and mailed to the address above. Credit card donations should be made online using the form found on the CTU web site.
Volunteer. You can sign up using the AFT's online form.
Show support on Twitter and Facebook. Post and tweet messages of support to CTU members. On Twitter: www.twitter.com/CTULocal1. On Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Chicago-Teachers-Union/137764189586887. You can also show your solidarity on Facebook by posting this image on your timeline (click for large version).
Additionally, NYSUT's national affiliate AFT will have a national day of solidarity with CTU on Wednesday, September 12. Details to follow.
The 600,000-member New York State United Teachers has pledged its full support to the 30,000 teachers and staff in Chicago who went on strike. Outstanding issues leading to the strike include fairness and respect for teachers and staff serving the Chicago Public Schools; a demand for badly needed resources for Chicago students, and better working conditions and benefits for teachers and staff.