Lourdes Carmona, a Spanish speaking first grade teacher, instructs a class on the Spanish pronunciations of the alphabet at Birdwell Elementary School September 11, 2003 in Tyler, Texas. (Photo by Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images)

How to Unionize During Covid-19

Aminah Sheikh, a labor organizer with Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, talks about how to mobilize workers in the midst of a pandemic.

BY Maximillian Alvarez

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Welcome to The Break Room, our new, ongoing series where workers and organizers send in 15-20-minute clips to talk about issues they're facing, actions they're taking and more! (Think of it as a community message board of sorts.) In this installment, Aminah Sheikh, a labor organizer with Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), tells us about how she worked with educators in Ontario to launch a successful unionization campaign during the Covid-19 pandemic.


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Maximillian Alvarez is a writer and editor based in Baltimore and the host of Working People, "a podcast by, for, and about the working class today." His work has been featured in venues like In These Times, The Nation, The Baffler, Current Affairs, and The New Republic.

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