Posts tagged "Chicago Teachers Union"

Chicago Teachers Union can thank itself for some layoffs

The current Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) contract negotiated after the strike gives teachers raises averaging more than 17 percent over four years. Seventeen percent! A school system running a $1-billion deficit can’t afford it, and the CTU knew it. In other words, the union chose to get big pay increases for some teachers at the... Read more »

Required reading for Chicago teachers

Even the New York Times gets it, but the Chicago Teachers Union doesn’t You think that only stingy conservatives are worried about where the Chicago Public School system is heading? The well has run dry. Bundles of money are going for pensions. The cliff looms: One of the most vexing problems for Chicago and its... Read more »

What's really at stake in the Chicago teacher's strike

What’s behind the bitter school strike? “Our members are not happy. They want to know if there is anything more they can get.” So said Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, Sunday evening after its House of Delegates refused to call off its strike against Chicago Public Schools children. Like what? What more... Read more »
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The Chicago Teachers Union crows about its contract

The rest of you can eat s**t. Here’s what the CTU is telling its members about the “wins” in the tentative contract. Notice the excitement about escaping getting paid based on merit. Perish the thought. Key Contract Issues Our brothers and sisters throughout the country have been told that corporate “school reform” was unstoppable, that... Read more »

Great time for a strike, CTU. Do you have s... for brains?

Chicago has been a union town for as long as any living person can remember. From the West Virginia coal fields to the Detroit assembly lines, Chicago has stood shoulder to shoulder in the early days of organized labor in the struggle for a better life for working men and women. In Chicago, railroad, slaughterhouse,... Read more »

Latest Chicago Teachers Union saber rattling

Be forewarned, people. Time is running out and the Chicago Teachers Union is playing the strike card only weeks before school is to open. From the CTU’s latest press release: We recognize strikes are not popular. However, they are the strongest tool public workers have in ensuring their rights are not trampled upon and working... Read more »
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Is an outrageous 20 percent pay hike enough for greedy Chicago public school teachers?

The Chicago Teachers Union will be mulling over the up-to-20-percent  pay increase that the arbitrator Edwin Benn arbitrator has outrageously recommended. Confirming earlier Chicago Tribune reports that Benn would recommend a 15- to 20-percent pay hike, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said the recommendation would  go to the union’s house of delegates for a decision. Observers... Read more »

The view from London: Chicago teachers are heroes

Says Richard Seymour in the liberal The Guardian: Chicago’s teachers could strike a blow for organised labour globally If the fight to halt school budget cuts in Obama’s Democratic heartland succeeds it would be a huge boost for unions Yeah, sure. Maybe The Guardian would like to come up with the money to pay for the... Read more »

The Chicago school system was not designed for the benefit of the kids.

That’s not me, a white suburbanite, saying it. That’s Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (about 4:24 into the video). “A Tale of Two Missions,” with Juan Williams, lays it on the line. It’s a school sysystem weighed down by federal and state mandates, union demands and a fat, unresponsive bureaucracy. It’s worth a watch
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An Illinois supreme court slap down for Chicago teachers

After two years of battling, the Illinois Supreme Court has sided with Chicago Public Schools. According to the Tribune: In a 5-2 ruling issued this morning, the court said the Illinois School Code does not give laid-off tenured teachers a right to be rehired nor the right to call for certain procedures during the layoff... Read more »
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