Palermo Workers Stand with Chicago Teachers

Palermo Workers Stand with Chicago Teachers

On Saturday, September 15, 2012, a contingent of striking Palermo workers traveled to Chicago, to march in solidarity with striking educators in the third largest public school system in the country.

“As workers who are also fighting for a greater voice on the job, we know how difficult this decision must have been for CTU to make,” said Raul de la Torre.

Before boarding buses filled with Milwaukee educators and other pro-union allies, striking Palermo’s workers explained to local media why they were going to Chicago.

“We stand in full support and intend on marching with Chicago teachers on the picket line, in the same spirit of solidarity that so many people across the country have shown us,” says Raul de la Torre of the Palermo Workers Union.

The Milwaukee Teacher Education Association stood in solidarity with the Palermo Workers Union from the very beginning, and invited Palermo workers to join them for the trip to Chicago.

At the mass rally in Chicago, Palermo Workers carried signs that read “Palermo Workers Stand with Teachers,” and “Palermo Pizza Workers in Support of Teachers.”

Author: AFGE Local 704

Representing over 900 bargaining unit employees working at the U.S. EPA Region 5 Offices in Chicago, Ann Arbor, MI and Westlake, OH.

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