4,000 Nurses Strike in Chicago – 2,000 Grad Employees at Michigan – Long Island Teachers Wildcat

Nurses strike in Chicago (WLS)

Folks, 

Greetings from the Burgh, where we’ve been very busy tracking college strikes across the country. Check out our strike tracker for the latest numbers that now total more than 1,000 strikes since COVID-19 began. 

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Over 4,000 Nurses to Strike for More than a Week at University of Illinois Chicago

At the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago, more than 4,000 nurses have gone on strike over low pay, poor staffing levels, and a lack of personal protective equipment. 

“We are warriors in this fight,” Doris Carrol, President of the Illinois Nurses Association told WLS. “During the pandemic, our hospital called us heroes and now they are treating us like zeros.”

The strike is the first one at the hospital in more than 40 years and the union has already declared that they intend to be on strike for at least a week. 

For more, go to WLS. 

2,000 Graduate Employees Strike at the University of Michigan till at Least Friday

At the University of Michigan, thousands of graduate employees are voting to extend their strike against the unsafe reopening plans of the school. 

From the Michigan Daily

Eighty percent of union members who voted supported continuing the strike, according to the [Graduate Employees’ Organization] Twitter account. The union will protest outside of the University’s Detroit Center Monday morning, in addition to holding a general assembly in Ann Arbor on the Diag.

In an email to members announcing the results of the vote, GEO leadership highlighted the success of the first week of the work stoppage.

“Last week, we proved to University leaders, to the University community, and to each other that GEO is committed to fighting for a safe and just community, and we are not prepared to stop until we get it,” the email read.

Other workers are joining the strike and engaging in slowdowns to show their solidarity according to MLive.com

Go to the Michigan Daily for more. 

Port Washington, Long Island Teachers Strike 

Out on Long Island, teachers went on strike to protest the unsafe reopening of Schreiber High School. Ross Weldon from The Island Now reports:

Joy Grasso-Krebs, a science teacher at Schreiber and an officer in the Port Washington Teachers Association (PWTA), said in a videotaped statement on the day of the walkout that staff members were “frustrated, anxious and scared for their health and safety.”

“We worry about the health and safety of our students who are going to be walking through that school,” said Grasso-Krebs in a Facebook live post. “We are anxious about implementing livestream and the security of the livestream, and there are so many issues that have been imposed upon us, we just don’t feel prepared.”

The teachers’ union, however, is facing opposition from some parents, who sent a petition signed by over 1,000 parents demanding that schools reopen.

 For more on the story, check out The Island Now. 

That’s all for today, folks. Donate today so we can keep tracking what looks like a growing strike wave. 

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About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is a yinzer labor reporter who covered the drug war in Brasil and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2016, he used his $70,000 NLRB settlement from being fired in the union drive at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. The son of United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Email: Melk@PaydayReport.com

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