Chris Brooks is an organizer with Labor Notes, and he is assisting a handful of Tennessee teachers to form an activist group outside of the formal union structure.
Informed that teacher strikes are illegal in Tennessee, Brooks said:
They aren’t God’s laws. They can be broken. Districts don’t have the resources they need, teachers don’t have the resources they need. Teachers are leaving in droves. The idea that if thousands go on strike, districts will fire them is laughable.
He’s right. They aren’t God’s laws. Neither are collective bargaining laws, pension funding laws, sick day allocations, release time provisions, maternal leave, health benefits…
There is a long list of things that can be broken. The government can always break a lot more than we can.