UW-Green Bay Prof. Jon Shelton (Democracy and Justice Studies), a labor historian, said that school districts and unions around the country are watching what is happening in Chicago. See his quote in the Washington Post on the Chicago Teachers Union.
“The Chicago Teachers Union has established itself as probably the most militant teachers union in the country, both in advocating for its members and their working conditions but also the community at large,” Shelton said. “A lot of eyes are on this. This has become so politicized because people really feel like their lives are on the line.”