Chicago Teachers Union: 'We're not even close to an agreement'

Disputes reports that both sides are "extreme close."

What's going on here? There's a whole bunch of issues that are unresolved?

Here is the CTU's full statement:

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                          CONTACT:        Stephanie Gadlin

September 11, 2012                                                                                                                                        312/329-6250

CONTRACT TALKS PRODUCE NO CONTRACT AS SECOND DAY OF STRIKE CONTINUES

 

CHICAGO - Today, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) released a statement regarding ongoing contract negotiations with The Chicago Public Schools.  Thousands of CTU members are expected to rally for a second day in front of the Board of Education, 125 S. Clark, as the labor strike continues.

 

“The Chicago Teachers Union has 49 Articles in its contract, to date, we have only signed off on six of them,” said CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin.  “The Chicago Public Schools has made proposals to change nearly every article.  It is not accurate to say both sides are extremely close—this is misinformation on behalf of the Board and Mayor Emanuel.  We have a considerable way to go. This is a fact they cannot deny.

 

“Today contract talks began about 9:30 a.m.  We are discussing proposed evaluation procedures. CTU believes the plan CPS imposed upon us in March was illegal,” Gadlin said. “They do not have the right to impose any change while negotiations are ongoing. We believe there are many aspects of their evaluation plan that must be bargained. That is why we have charges pending before the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board (IELRB). The Performance Evaluation Reform Act of 2010 allowed the Board to unilaterally implement their plan after a 90-day period of negotiations has ended. Negotiations have not ended and there is no contract in place.

 

“The IELRB has scheduled a hearing on Sept.  24th in Springfield to decide whether to issue an injunction against CPS for unlawfully implementing those changes.  This is similar to what happened last year when the District illegally imposed its longer school day on public school educators before their contract had expired. In that case, the IELRB ruled unanimously in favor of Chicago’s public school educators.

 

“In the meantime, the CTU labor strike continues. Teachers, paraprofessionals, and school clinicians are prepared to walk the line as long as it takes. We are fighting for our students; we are fighting for education justice. We remain optimistic.  Our fight is over fair compensation, working conditions and resources for our students.  In Illinois unions have the right to strike and it is a right that our citizens have protected over the years.”

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The union is not on strike over matters governed exclusively by IELRA Section 4.5 and 12(b).

The Chicago Teachers Union represents 30,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in the Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the more than 400,000 students and families they serve.  The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third largest teachers local in the United States and the largest local union in Illinois.  For more information please visit CTU’s website at www.ctunet.com .

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