Stewart Announces New Deal -- Sort Of

Union: Chicago, teachers reach deal to avoid strike Tribune
Chicago teachers and school officials reached a tentative contract
agreement late Tuesday night, a week before classes are set to begin,
Union President Marilyn Stewart announced today.

Chicago teachers, schools in tentative deal Crain's Chicago Business
Ms. Stewart gave no indication that the board has won two of its top priorities: extending the school day and year.

'School will begin on time' Chicago Sun-Times
“We got enough of what we needed,” Stewart said. “We didn’t get
everything we needed but we got enough that I think the tentative
agreement will pass.”

UPDATE:  From Catalyst:  "The
vow of silence on the details arises from the experience four years ago
when details of a new contract leaked out before union leadership had a
chance to explain and sell the deal to its members. The membership
rejected the first agreement. Negotiations then stretched into December."

From CTU:  ""The Chicago Teachers Union
announced this morning that late last night a tentative agreement was
reached between the CTU and Chicago Public Schools. Stewart said that,
out of respect for CTU members, she would not share details with the
press until information was received by the members. 

She did say that the pending agreement:
      contains important language for which members had walked the
picket lines and sacrificed for in previous years to achieve,      

      contains added items to improve working and learning conditions,

      would restore stability in CPS by helping to prevent the high turnover rate of teachers now current,
      and will help attract and retain new teachers.

Complete details will be given to CTU
delegates at their meeting scheduled on Friday, followed by a press
conference.  At this time more information would be forthcoming to the
press.  Complete contract language changes will be sent to the schools
early next week. To finalize acceptance of the contract the CTU
Executive Board must approve its recommendation to the House of
Delegates, who in turn will have to approve recommendation to the
members.  Final ratification will take place by a referendum of the
entire membership."


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  • 2:44,

    My understanding is that the delegates meeting on Friday is schedule from 5pm - 8pm. Three hours isn't as much time as I would like, but a significant portion of the contract will actually be the same - delegates will only really need to review additions and changes. And I surely hope we won't vote until 8pm.

  • "The Cubs aren't printing "WORLD SERIES CHAMPS" T-shirts, without completing the task!"

    As a White Sox fan all I can say to this is "HA!" Maybe the Cubs aren't printing tickets, but most of the Cub 'fans' that I know are -- haven't they learned anything?

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