CTU Delegates Meeting Video

Thanks to Unfiltered News (a reader) for pointing to this YouTube snippet of the delegates meeting:

There are a few others, though none that shows the whole meeting that I have found at least.

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  • The TEACHERS will have the last word.

    The Friday August 31, 2007 Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates Meeting ended just hours ago with a Marilyn Stewart Betrayal. Marilyn Stewart, president of the Local 1 CTU promised elected delegates the opportunity to read the tentative teacher agreement, promised an opportunity to ask questions but in the end, denied hundreds of elected delegates that opportunity to vote up or in this case "down" the tentative agreement. Her team could have done better. Hopefully, Union Teachers will have more than a couple of hours to review the longest contract in a generation, five years at 4 percent annually. This is no better than the current contract negotiated by Deborah Lynch, except there are glaring flaws and several holes for teachers to dodge or vote to send back to the negotiating table.

    The big betrayal is in the length of contract, 5 years, when Marilyn campaigned on no more than three years. Second, Marilyn's agreement provides for a daily prep for high school teachers but no more than 4 for elementary teachers and three in other schools. Third, teachers will pay more for health insurance with sky rocketing co-pays and out of pocket expenses that triple and quadruple in the forth and fifth years of the agreement.

    Fourth, teachers who sign up to extend their day one or two hours to work after school to tutor or teach students will not be paid their regular rate of pay. Fifth, teachers have no new relief to combat overcrowding classrooms. Over crowded Chicago public classrooms is one of the major concerns for educators across the country. Stewart's team added a measly $250,000. to a class size committee that can barely hire five new teachers for an overcrowed school system that will leave children behind. Sixth, Stewart bragged that she protected PAT's, but offered no more protection, evaluations, and a three year tenure track, but nothing more, they can still be "clicked off, or resign (that's new). Seventh, the tentative agreement was so full of typographical, confused wording, and substantive errors that teachers left the meeting confused with unresolved questions that they will have a difficult time explaining to their teachers. Read it and share your comments.

    Delegates were conflicted, they want to teach, they want an agreement with the city and the board of education, they don't want to strike, they want a united union.

    So why did Marilyn Stewart's team 'drop the ball?' No vote, no democracy.

    Marilyn's staff interupted the meeting several times. Many of UPC/CTU's most loyal supporters yelled at any speaker who did not follow the party line. The meeting was often chaotic. The union was unable to provide adaquet time for the 800 plus delegates to review the tentative agreement. A press release was prepared prior to the meeting with the "assumption" that the delegates would rubber stamp Marilyn's team. They were wrong to think that way. The CTU executive committee kept telling the delegates, this is the best contract we could get from the city.

    Many left the building tonight believing and chanting that, together, WE CAN DO BETTER.

    It's up to teachers to really look at the agreement, discuss it, and decide. Can we do better.

    Yes we can!

    Raymond Wohl

    Delegate

    Irving Park Middle School

  • Darn tootin' Ray will not be standing alone. I will be standing with him as well.

    10:03,

    Ok, friends of yours in the private sector barely get a 2% raise. Whoop-dee-doo. Friends of mine in the private sector get an 8% raise. Neither group of friends has any relevancy to what CPS teachers should or should not receive.

    Prevailing wage, teacher wages in other large cities, and teacher wages in the Chicago metro area are the relevant comparisions.

  • 11:01, you wrote:

    "I don't like the clause that may invalidate the cap on medical if costs go over 6%."

    The cap will most definitely be invalidated. Employer health care costs have risen more than 6% every year since 2000 and are expected to rise even more over each year over the next 10 years. (National Coalition on Health Care)

    You're right to state it is a vote on the contract, not on our leadership. That's important to remember.

    I'm curious about the pros you mention. For you, what are the pros to this contract?

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