by Legendary Lew
Over the last few years, teachers unions in Madison, WI and Chicago, IL have been under attack from political forces with a privatization drive. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker fought for a right-to-work law, which union claim would undermine the power of collective bargaining guaranteed by law. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel showed a consistent disdain for the Chicago Teachers Union from the moment he took office.
Documentary filmmaker Andrew Friend, an unapologetic supporter of teacher unions, created a new documentary recounting the struggles in Madison and Chicago over the last few years.
The film Schoolidarity is a reminder of what can be accomplished with collective action and what it means to be in a struggle for the long haul.
I interviewed Andrew via Skype for the latest installment of Mediatrocities. Give a listen and please comment and/or share with others!