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

New—Old, What’s the Difference?

Mar 7, 2011

Rahm Emanuel was elected Chicago’s new mayor. He hadn’t even been installed when he announced that he would cut the pensions of existing city workers.

Emanuel also announced that he would cut 60 million dollars from garbage collection, removing a worker from the trucks and maybe privatizing collections.

Emanuel also aimed a number of attacks on Chicago’s teachers, including so-called merit pay for teachers, which lowers wages across the board, while principals reward their favorites. And he also came out for a severe attack on teachers’ right to strike. In other words, this prominent Democrat is carrying out the same type of attack as the Republican governors of Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana so much in the news.