Written for a Workers' Liberty bulletin for the UCU rank-and-file revolt national meeting on 29 April 2018
An often cited example of a rank-and-file network transforming its union for the better is that of the Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators (CORE) in the Chicago Teachers’ Union.
The change in the union came to wider attention during their 2012 contract strike. Where the strength that CORE as itself, and then through the structures of the union, had built up was put to the test — and performed spectacularly.
There are many lessons to be learnt from that strike: how the ballot was built for