Did the 2012 Chicago teachers' strike ignite a labor spark that is now going to spread to other teacher unions around the country?
Portland, Oregon teachers voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike last week.
Now, the St. Paul Minnesota teachers are considering striking. Their last strike was in 1946.
Here is probably the most interesting paragraph of the piece on St. Paul from Twin Cities.com:
A teacher strike in Chicago shuttered schools there for seven school days in 2012. Educators in Portland, Ore., announced a vote earlier this week had cleared the way for a walkout there. In these districts and others, educator unions are asserting a will to shape a national public education agenda through contract negotiations that go well beyond traditional compensation issues.
Some would call this social justice unionism.
Beyond the classroom, Long Island Railroad workers voted unanimously to walk off the job. It would be their first strike since 1994.
Update from Jeff Kaufman:
Don't forget about the 21,000 member University of California, AFSCME 3299, whose members plan to vote this week on a strike!
Is the US changing before our eyes? Is labor militancy gaining steam?