The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Detroit teachers are angry

Apr 10, 2006

Detroit, Michigan teachers held a rally to protest having to give up one day’s pay over their next five paychecks. The short paychecks are part of an 11% pay cut they took this year, at the same time that principals and assistant principals received pay increases of up to 10.6%. A couple of weeks ago 1700 teachers called in sick in protest, shutting down 54 schools.

Of course it’s not the principals’ fault – they’re being stiffed, too! The pay increases were just the prod that made the teachers jump. They’re right to be ticked off!