Today's the big day for Chicago teachers to decide whether the contracted presented to them by their leadership is good enough or not. We'll know more soon, but in the meantime some questions have already arisen about the voting process.
One delegate wrote in to say: "I hope I was not the only delegate to read the voting package before
tomorrow. There are some errors in the record sheets. 1. The sign in sheets are from the May Union President elections. This will
include names of retired teachers. Be careful that someone does not vote
for someone who is not present. (Remember that Chicago is famous for people in
the cemetery voting.) 2. This is a big one! The ballots have a yes or no box to check but the
Referendum tally sheets do not. Instead there are three numbers to count
proposition 1, proposition 2, and proposition 3. Why doesn't the sheet have
a blank to count the yes votes and one to tally the no votes? How will the
delegates know which of the three lines is yes and which is the blank for the no
Looking at this problem I must say...Lord help the
teachers tomorrow! ( I see another unfair voting situation like the
one on August 31st on the Horizon.)"
Another reader comments: "When you get to school to vote,
ask to take a look at you school's list. Notice how many people on the
list (and not marked VOID or crossed out) are no longer at the school. And if your school is being run by one of those UPC bullies or
myrmidons, ask at the end of the voting to compare the "signatures" on
the sign-in sheet with who actually voted. That's how you get "votes" in large numbers into the count. And it isn't the first time this problem was noted. It's just
amazing that in the nearly four months since the May 18 election, the
leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union did nothing to get accurate lists
prepared for tomorrow's referendum."
I don't know how serious these issues are, or if they're even accurate, but it's something to know about.
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