Westmont, IL – The House of Representatives of the West Suburban Teachers Union (WSTU, IFT Local 571) voted on Monday to endorse Brandon Johnson for mayor of Chicago. WSTU represents nearly 6,000 K-12 teachers, paraprofessionals, and school staff.
WSTU President Kyle Stern released the following statement:
“WSTU members are proud to endorse Brandon Johnson for mayor because he will bring real, positive change for Chicago residents and students. Many of our members live in the city and thousands more live in the surrounding suburbs. As parents, educators, school staff, and union members, we understand that Brandon is what Chicago needs and students deserve. Brandon is better.”
“Brandon Johnson is an activist, organizer, and a proven leader who has the lived experience to make Chicago better. He will fight to ensure that Chicago’s public schools support and uplift all students, regardless of their skin color or address. And he understands what working people need to thrive as we continue to recover from the pandemic.
“Brandon is committed to building a stronger, safer, and more equitable Chicago. We look forward to seeing his vision become a reality.”
The West Suburban Teachers Union (WSTU, IFT Local 571) represents over 5,900 teachers, paraprofessionals, and school-related personnel employed in school districts in western Cook and DuPage Counties. WSTU is affiliated with the Illinois Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers.