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!