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Chicago teachers divided over strike settlement

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By JEFF MACKLER

Twenty-five thousand Chicago teachers, affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers Local 1, AFL-CIO, returned to work on October 31 following a divided vote of the Chicago Teachers Union’s (CTU) 700-member Delegate Assembly (DA) to end the union’s 11-day strike. The vote to accept the five-year tentative contract was 60 percent in favor and 40 percent opposed. Despite the DA’s “tentative” settlement approval and its authorization to return to work immediately, the union’s rank-and-file will also vote on the contract on November 20, the date when the Chicago Board of Education is expected to approve a final settlement term recommended by the Board’s negotiating team, headed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, wherein five make-up days are to be proposed for approval.

The school district’s 7,500 non-teaching staff of custodians, special education assistants and school aides represented by SEIU Local 73, which supported the striking teachers, voted to accept their separate contract on October 31.

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Popular struggle protecting Hong Kong’s autonomy

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Lam Chi Leung

Thanasis Antoniou from OKDE-Spartacus (Greek section of the Fourth International) interview Lam Chi Leung at early November about current situation of the mass struggle in Hong Kong . Lam Chi Leung is a revolutionary socialist based in Hong Kong and editor of the Marxist Internet Archive Chinese.

-What is the current situation of the movement in Hong Kong? What was the impact of the extradition bill withdrawal in September?

It’s astonishing to think that the popular struggle against the extradition bill has sustained itself for a whole five months from its eruption in June until now. Whether in terms of its durability or the scale of mass participation, this is something much more substantial than the Umbrella Movement calling for universal suffrage five years ago. Moreover, the most recent opinion poll from a mid-september shows that 69% of city residents consider the police to have used “excessive force”; 59% “express understanding” towards the radical tactics of the protestors, and as many as 80% of residents believe that universal suffrage should be implemented in the Chief Executive and Legislative Council elections. Public opinion has not shown any reversal in light of the ongoing movement and the intensifying conflict between the two sides.

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“Superfoods” – for good health or a slick marketing ploy?

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Let’s take a look at this idea of “super food”. Are there foods which are in some way better to other, non-super or just regular foods? Are there “super humans” walking around, who are vastly superior to us due to their consumption of “super foods”?

The reality is that there are only two different categories that you can put people into based on what foods they eat. Those two categories are: People who are malnourished, and, people who aren’t.

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