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Remembering Erwin Baur

from Against the Current
December 4, 2016

¡Erwin Baur, presente!


Erwin receiving recognition at the 2006 Labor Notes conference.

Erwin--an autoworker, a Solidarity member, and a lifelong revolutionary--passed on November 30 at the age of 101. He had been involved in socialist politics since 1934, when he co-founded a socialist club at his high school, and he became a founding member of the Socialist Workers Party in 1938. Erwin is survived by his wife Estar and daughter Sonia.

In this interview from Against the Current, Erwin speaks about his work as a revolutionary in the labor movement. See also this introduction for more information about Erwin and his life.

Build the Left to Defeat the Right

from the Steering Committee of Solidarity
November 9, 2016

Like millions of people here and around the world, we woke up this morning dismayed and frightened that Donald Trump has been elected President. Whatever we each thought of the Democratic Party and of Hillary Clinton, none of us wanted to believe that so many people could bring themselves to vote for Trump.


Exit poll data by race and gender.

Simply put: there is a vacuum on the left of US politics. No serious analysis could conclude that the presidential wing of the Democratic Party represents anything more than, at best, a calculated neoliberalism with a human face. It is precisely these politics which have generated the mass popular discontent we see among all demographics and all parts of the political spectrum. To promote “more of the same” and diminished expectations as a solution is to provide no solution at all, and the absence of any left alternative has ensured that discontent has instead been channeled to the right, at least in electoral terms.

We have to defeat the far right agenda of white supremacy and nationalism that Trump represents. Our lives literally depend on it. But the only way to defeat the right is by building the left. We can’t win this fight by building greater unity behind the ruling class’s chosen candidates and their neoliberal agenda; even if the fear of something worse had mobilized enough people to deliver a victory to Clinton in this election, or even if it does so for someone like her in 2020, that would merely kick the can down the road while the right continues to grow stronger. It would not build the power we need to win and to build a better world.

To do that, we need to organize...

Chicago Teachers Union Makes Tentative Contract Agreement without a Strike

by Robert Bartlett
October 26, 2016

As the October 11th strike approached, Chicago teachers set up a strike headquarters and distributed picket signs while parents and their children picketed the mayor’s house. After 18 months of bargaining, and over a year since their contract expired, the Board of Education blinked just before the deadline and came up with a significantly better contract offer that is now being debated within the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). Both the earlier January 2016 Board of Education proposal and the changes contained in the new tentative agreement are available online.

In the context of the attacks on public education in Illinois and across the country, the four-year tentative contract pushes back the latest attempts to force teachers and support staff to pay for the crisis in funding public education, making modest gains in improving the conditions of teachers and neighborhood schools. On October 19 the House of Delegates voted 328-153 to approve the agreement and submit it to the membership for a vote. Still, many questions remain as to whether gains made in the contract can be felt in the everyday work lives of CTU members. Will there be sufficient funding available to fund the agreement, should it be approved?

December 4, 2016
from Against the Current
¡Erwin Baur, presente!
Erwin receiving recognition at the 2006 Labor Notes conference.
Erwin--an autoworker, a Solidarity member, and a lifelong revolutionary--passed on November 30 at the age of...
November 9, 2016
from the Steering Committee of Solidarity
Like millions of people here and around the world, we woke up this morning dismayed and frightened that Donald Trump has been elected President. Whatever we each thought of the Democratic Party and of...
October 26, 2016
by Robert Bartlett
As the October 11th strike approached, Chicago teachers set up a strike headquarters and distributed picket signs while parents and their children picketed the mayor’s house. After 18 months of...

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