No More "Baying At The Moon" About CTU?

For those of you who are interested in more CTU info, a reader sends in this analysis of the current CTU budget problem and what can -- and can't -- be done to address the situation. I can't vouch for the numbers but it's an interesting perspective:

"Here is something for you to use before the next

Delegate's Meeting if you want that budget not to pass...Perhaps members need to see these numbers instead of baying at the

moon. Get behind the things they CAN impact, accept the things they can't

change and know the difference. Good luck."

"Here is something for you to use before the next

Delegate's Meeting if you want that budget not to pass.

  • Key is staying focused on the $4,000,000 debt that the AFT is guaranteeing

    which will run into the next term of whatever leadership is in place

    while Stewart is continuing to collect a substantial IFT salary with

    little to no responsibilities...and CTU pension. Similar to what Barach

    will be facing with George Bush's mess tho on a much smaller scale.

  • Don't waste time on travel and expenses...that's small change.
  • In an age of technology, all checks are now being signed by Stewart.

    They have not heard of direct deposit. What does that cost in terms of

    efficiency/labor? It's a bogus "looks like I'm in control" thing from

    Stewart. It's meaningless.

  • Direct line item from the budget: Field Reps, many of whom are

    worthless, and coordinators average $107, 012 per year. More really

    since they barely work nine months much less 12.

  • Look at the amount of vacation they take annually. Look at their

    office hours. Both Leadership and key support staff.

  • Office employees make on average $66,500 per year plus vacation, benefits

    and pension.

That's the tip of the iceberg that I pulled out of the budget. Now

the bigger questions:

  • Extra help and overtime, for what? Here's where I would want to see

    details because this looks like a nice Misc. fund to me to the tune of

    $230,000.

  • Why isn't Leadership taking a cut across the board? At 10% per

    officer that would reduce the tab $216,666 annually. And that doesn't

    include reducing Mayor Ostenburg's salary or his 2 minions, nor the Press

    Secretary's take. You know the one...she has a consulting biz for

    politicians on the side, sells premiums to one of her CTU Benefits directors

    for CTU use, works about a 20 hour week and hasn't sent out a press release in

    6 months of any substance.

    • And yet there is a separate line item for communications and PR to the

      tune of $630,000 with an alloted "cap" of $667,200 for the year ending June

      30th. On a 12 month plan it breaks down to 55,600; for a 9 month

      plan it becomes $74,133.

    • The above numbers I'm sure do NOT include what is spent on paper used

      for delegates packages and misc. printing of flyer costs, etc.. It

      certainly does not include the costs for monthly production of the Chicago

      Union Teacher at $75,000 per month X 9. I cannot be certain if

      that fee includes delivery and postal charges which are substantial as

      well.

  • Misc. Fees of $190,000. Even I am not sure of what that is for.
  • Ofc. & Computer Supplies has already been exceeded by $32,700 and as

    of this April budget, there are 2 more months to go before the end of the

    year.

So let me do the numbers recap for you:

Expense Line

Item Spent

as of 4.30.08 Actual Allotted

Budget 10%

Reduction

Field

Reps/Coordinators $2,568,303

$256,830

Office

Employees/Staff $1,330,919

$133,091

Leadership Salaries (base excluding

perks) $

605,737 $

60,574

JO, Communications

dept. $360,000

(est.) $36,000

Extra & part-time

help/Overtime

$

230,000

$ 23,000

Communication &

PR $630,000 $

667,200 $66,720

Misc.???

$

190,000 $19,000

Office & Computer

Supplies $600,000

$

567,300

$56,730

Easy

savings:

$ 661,945

And, just for the sake of getting to $1MM per year, lets take the

Chicago Union teacher to 4 issues per year without reducing 4/c so we go from

$675,000/year for 9 months to 300,000. We're at a PRELIMINARY total

savings of $961,945!!! And that's the tip of the iceberg. Limit gas,

expense accounts, etc. spending (set limits) on a monthly basis and those

other nice morsels and you've got a balance budget in a year or so.

Perhaps members need to see these numbers instead of baying at the

moon. Get behind the things they CAN impact, accept the things they can't

change and know the difference. Good luck. Treat this

effectively on the blog and you can expect more info from me in the near

future and some surprising changes."

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