Chicago Teachers Union Rep. Squirms When His Communist Connections Raised

-By Warner Todd Huston

These are the people teaching our children, folks. Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey was a bit taken aback when two Chicago radio personalities brought up his connections to actual communists last week.

He was quick to try and change the subject calling the legitimate question a “witch hunt,” of course, but the radio guys stuck with it.

WLS radio morning show men Dan Proft and Bruce Wolf had Mr. Sharkey on their show to talk about the failing Chicago Public schools and to talk of the district’s decision to close up to 100 schools. But they also began to quiz the quisling about his support of the communists.

When the radio guys asked Sharkey about his connection to Chicago’s local Marxists, he replied, “Thank you for the 1950s McCarthyism. Every time that unions or social movements have raised issues about what’s fair and what isn’t and race and equality, people have branded them as Communists.”

But was he all just an innocent bystander in this?


You see, he wasn’t just at a conference that was trying to “raise issues” about “race and equality.” He was at an actual, hardcore Marxist event called the Midwest Marxist Conference.

Anyone that attends an actual communist, socialist, or Marxist gathering as a speaker or featured participant should automatically be disqualified to have anything at all to do with our education system — especially if his part in education has to do with children.

But, it gets worse. Sharkey wasn’t just attending some conference as a mere invited speaker — which itself might be excusable depending on context. This cretin is a full-fledged member of the International Socialist Organization. A recent article on the WSWS website touts his membership as a commie and highlights his position as an influential member of the CTU.

This man should be excised from any such position in our schools or related institutions. If he thinks communism and/or socialism are good ideas, he’s proven himself too stupid to be in the teaching profession in America (or anywhere else, for that matter).


Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's, and all Breitbart News' other sites,,, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.