July 21, 2024

‘A historic moment’: Oregon teachers launch first-ever strike

Roughly 45,000 students have been out of class in the Portland public school district since Wednesday, when the Portland Association of Teachers (PAT) kicked off its first-ever strike, enlivening dozens of locations in the city with picket lines.

It’s the latest union action in a growing movement of US workers who are striking as a bargaining tool to secure higher wages and improvements in their working conditions.

After watching the United Auto Workers (UAW) achieve historic gains through striking, as well as UPS employees and the Writers Guild of America – and recent big wins for educator unions in the Los Angeles, Oakland and Fresno school districts – more and more teachers’ unions are feeling emboldened to try to better the situation of their members.