Union Runoff - Who You Gonna Vote For (& Why)?

So the results are in, and the runoff is scheduled:

052210stewart-lewis.jpg_20100522_12_14_59_15#h=280&w=400Chicago Teachers Union Race Moves to Runoff WBEZ:  Twenty
thousand teachers across the city voted in Friday's five-way race. Just
300 votes separated Stewart and Lewis, the two top vote getters...Teachers
union race headed for runoff
Sun Times:  Stewart
was already campaigning on those woes -- and her six years of
experience, as president and at the negotiating table -- in asking
membership to retain her... Teachers union president, challenger in runoff
Tribune:  The president of the Chicago Teachers Union will face
the head of a education organization in a runoff election after none of
the five candidates got 50 percent of the vote.

What do you make of the top two contenders, and who are you going to
(or would you) vote for and why? What specifically can one candidate do
that the other can't (or won't)? I get that the two have different histories and come from different camps but am not sure I understand how -- realistically -- one is going to change things over the other.  Or maybe this is just anti-incumbency. 

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  • I think its going to be interesting to see which way SEA and PACT swing. CSDU has already come out urging its members to support CORE. (http://www.thecsdu.org/) I think its pretty clear however that a whole lot of teachers don't like the way our union has been operating for the last 2 presidents. Personally I think its time teachers were back in charge of the union; not union workers who used to be teachers.

  • Activating and mobilizing membership is not leftist. Believing in total transparency and integrity is not leftist. Acknowledging the rightful power of the House of Delegates and the membership itself is not leftist. Researching and analyzing both the CTU and CPS is not leftist. Partnering with allies like community groups, parents, students, churches, and other unions is not leftist. Advocating for the needs of all Chicago school children is not leftist. These are not radical ideas. They actually speak to the heart of good Unionism and the collective good.

  • The "collective good" may sound left but that's what a union is. The very concept of unions is leftist. If you are a supporter of unions, then you should want the most left-leaning rabble rousers you can find to put in charge.

    CORE has pledged to allow all caucuses a seat at the table when contract negotiations begin. How many did UPC invite? I think we can all use a refresher on the definition of "union"

  • I understand your concern - but the Union is not apart and separate from other stakeholders in education. Each group has its own issues of primary concern, of course, but we also share in a great majority of the most important battles for public education. These types of partnerships are all in support of education and classroom issues which are fundamental to Union work. A unified fight for public education with support from these allies, rather than a fractured isolationist stance, benefits everyone involved including Union members.

  • Why would the IFT work against its own membership?
    I don't believe that is true, but if it is, it says more about the IFT than it does about anything else.

    xian from CORE

  • We don't need a dictator heading the CTU. Marilyn has become a dictator and has turned against her own cabinet. The infighting has got to stop. Time for new people to work for the teachers and the children not for their own pockets.

  • I'm going with CORE . We don't need Queen Marilyn thinking she owes no one an explanation, can get rid of people left and right if they disagree with her, and basically seems to spend most of her time being photographed at parties & other functions ( see the latest newsletter). It's time for a change and CORE has already been active in working with schools and teachers. I like that they didn't sit around waiting to get elected to get involved.

  • In reply to b5ranger:

    C'mon now, President Stewart's mug was in the latest Union magazine only 44 times. 44 times! (Ha ha! That still cracks me up!)

    If CORE wins I guarantee those 44 photos of the President will be replaced with 44 photos of dedicated and outstanding rank and file members working to improve our Union and public education.

    This largely symbolic example perfectly illustrates the stark contrast between CORE and the current leadership.

  • To Front Row Seat-
    I was not there when this happened. It is hard to believe that it did. IF it did, is that any worse than Queen Mari(lyn) symbolically destroying the CTU CONSTITUTION by not allowing a "No" vote? Is it any worse than Stewie snitching on people to the LAW DEPT (That is called being a traitor!)? Is it any worse than making money hand-over-fist while thousands become unemployed? Is it any worse than endorsing charter schools? Now, you tell me who is the dangerous person here. I believe it is Stewart and he minions! I am voting for CORE and am going to ask other to do the same.

  • Um, call me confused. CORE did not even exist as a caucus at the time of that contract vote.

    (This was, by the way, the contract vote in which the chance to vote no was denied).

  • Again the UPC anonymous hatchet team. If UPC is so great, why are their members so scared to post in their own names?

    The reason why I was drawn to CORE was because there were so many people who follow through on their promises and we really got amazing stuff done in short periods of time.

    I got sick of hearing excuses about how "the membership is too apathetic and divided" and wanted to work with a group that was actually engaging the membership and bringing us together.

    I'm so thankful to be part of it, and I hope others will get the experience too.

  • I admitted I was not there. You now admit that you lied that it was CORE.

  • Marilyn has stated, "Charted schools are not the problem." She has helped to unionize charter schools. That is like Huberman going to a school firing everyone, hiring new people, and getting them into a union (BTW it is not part of CTU). How is that doing "an excellent job"? And please Linda, explain why she sent names to the Law Department regarding First Class use? Stewie does not have to keep the vultures at bay if she is already feeding them!

  • I'm going to vote for CORE based on my experience with them in the run-up to this rally. The preparation for this rally is representative of the choice before us on June 11:

    CORE has given me hundreds of posters, many hundreds of flyers, stickers, offers of volunteer financial contributions for transportation, a partnership with our neighborhood group who will join us at the rally, and organizational and logistical support to build further participation in our school and community. They have volunteered repeatedly to help in any way they can.

    CTU sent a single blast fax and a single e-mail (both with a scolding that this is a CTU event - not a joint effort) and declined to pay for school bus transportation (from their $30 million annual budget) for my school's hundreds of students, parents, and teacher volunteers. The end.

  • Hmmmm, did you call the police? Are you someone that sits and watches a crime happen?

  • http://www.ctunet.com/assets/electionitems/schoolbyschool.pdf
    for the school-by-school election results.

    http://www.ctunet.com/assets/electionitems/ELEMENTARYFVP.PDF
    for the elementary functional vice presidential results.

    http://www.ctunet.com/assets/electionitems/highschoolFunctionalVP.pdf
    for the high school functional vice presidential results.

    http://www.ctunet.com/assets/electionitems/HSFVP.PDF
    for the PSRP functional vice presidential results

    http://www.ctunet.com/assets/electionitems/AFTdelegates.pdf
    for the AFT delegates results.

    Looks like UPC lost AFT delegate Vote

    just a quick glance looks like CORE AFT candidates got more votes than UPC AFT candidates.

    Looks like CORE candidates for AFT delegates got more votes than some of the UPC officer candidates. lowest CORE delegate vote count is 5025

    MARILYN STEWART UPC 5659

    TENILLE EVANS UPC 5630

    MARY M. ORR UPC 5629

    KEITH VANDERMEULEN UPC 5628

    ISALY ACEVEDO UPC 5627

    MARK A. OCHOA UPC 5626<======== below most CORE delegates GLORIANNA ESTELA CORE 5640 JAMES CAVALLERO CORE 5639 JEFFERY BLACKWELL CORE 5638 SEAN BARRETT CORE 5637 DANIELLE CIESIELSKI CORE 5637 SARA ECHEVARRIA CORE 5637 JAMILLAH ALI CORE 5636 KENNETH BUDZ CORE 5636 LAURA CARAVELLO CORE 5636 NICK CEH CORE 5636 GARBRIELA CHONG HINOJOSA CORE 5636 CAROL CAREF CORE 5635 JOSEPH MCDERMOTT CORE 5635 LOIS ASHFORD CORE 5634 MICHAEL BRUNSON CORE 5634 AMY CLARK CORE 5634 VALERIE COLLINS CORE 5634 JASON EVANS CORE 5634 CHERYL FILIPEK CORE 5634 RHONDA GRIFFITH CORE 5634 KAREN LEWIS CORE 5634 KRISTINE MAYLE CORE 5633 DANIEL MORALES-DOYLE CORE 5633 CIELO MUNOZ CORE 5633 JONATHAN COHLER CORE 5632 MATTHEW CRYE CORE 5632 CATHERINE CUNNINGHAM-YEE CORE 5632 THERESA D. DANIELS CORE 5632 MUSHA DRUMMOND CORE 5632 JAMES ENGLISH CORE 5632 FRANCISCA ESQUILLIANO CORE 5632 DAVID HERNANDEZ CORE 5632 KURT HILGENDORF CORE 5632 MARK LIPSCOMB CORE 5632 JESSE SHARKEY CORE 5632 WENDY BOATMAN CORE 5631 BRENDA CHANDLER CORE 5631 CRISTEN CHAPMAN CORE 5631 SUSANNE DUNN CORE 5631 ALLISON EPSTEIN- MIRANDA CORE 5631 ADAM HEENAN CORE 5631 MICHAEL JOHNSON CORE 5631 JENNIFER JOHNSON CORE 5631 LOIS JONES CORE 5631 JONI A. JONES CORE 5631 CARMEN B. MARTINEZ CORE 5631 KEILAN BONNER CORE 5630 PATRICIA BRECKENRIDGE CORE 5630 JO-ANNE CAIRO CORE 5630 LISA CHAPPELL CORE 5630 CLAIRE DAVIS CORE 5630 MARGARET FIRAK CORE 5630 JEANNE FREED CORE 5630 NATHAN GOLDBAUM CORE 5630 ALEXANDRA GONZALEZ CORE 5630 FRANCINE GREENBERG-REIZEN CORE 5630 SARAH HANLY CORE 5630 CARO HAYSE CORE 5630 KEVIN HILLER CORE 5630 RIVANNA JAIRAM JIHAN CORE 5630 LISA LEVY CORE 5630 JOHN LEWIS CORE 5630 THERESA MATHIS CORE 5630 SHELLEY NATION CORE 5630 BEVERLY ALLEBACH CORE 5629 BRIAN GALAVIZ CORE 5629 CHRISTINE GERTNER CORE 5629 BURMA S. GREEN CORE 5629 NORINE GUTEKANST CORE 5629 KIRSTEN HANSON CORE 5629 HOWARD HEATH CORE 5629 MAUREEN HOLMBERG CORE 5629 WILLIAM LAMME CORE 5629 CARRIE MAXWELL CORE 5629 ADRIA MTICHELL CORE 5629 ERNESTINA PADILLA CORE 5629 JACKSON POTTER CORE 5629 GLORIA PRINCE CORE 5629 CELIA RIVERO-PEREZ CORE 5629 DAVID ROBBINS CORE 5629 MIRIAM SOCOLOFF CORE 5629 KEVIN TRIPLETT CORE 5629 SUSAN ZUPAN CORE 5629 ZEIDRE FOSTER CORE 5628 EDWARD GALLAGHER CORE 5628 TAMARA GOLDSMITH CORE 5628 KATHERINE HOGAN CORE 5628 KIMBERLY HUDSON CORE 5628 KELLY JIROUS CORE 5628 NOELLE JONES CORE 5628 LARA KREJCA CORE 5628 DAWN KULICH CORE 5628 GARTH LIEBHABER CORE 5628 JOSEPH LINEHAN CORE 5628 GANAE MCALPIN-TONEY CORE 5628 JOANN MCCRISTON CORE 5628 GLORIA MHOON CORE 5628 ZULMA ORTIZ CORE 5628 ALEXANDRA PEREZ CORE 5628 DEBORAH POPE CORE 5628 ALBERT RAMIREZ CORE 5628 JAY REHAK CORE 5628 ANNETTE RIZZO CORE 5628 ORLANDO RODRIGUEZ CORE 5628 YAMALI RODRIGUEZ CORE 5628 JOSEPH SCOTESE CORE 5628 CRAIG SEGAL CORE 5628 KENZO SHIBATA CORE 5628 VALERIE D. STEWART CORE 5628 DAVID R. STONE CORE 5628 JAMES VAIL CORE 5628 CASSANDRA VAUGHN CORE 5628 JUNE WEBB CORE 5628 ANDREW HEISERMAN CORE 5627 CHRISTOPHER OLDS CORE 5627 MARK PAYE CORE 5627 LORA SANCHEZ CORE 5627 ELIZABETH SAUERS CORE 5627 JOSHUA SHERIDAN CORE 5627 JOYCE SIA CORE 5627 JOHN SILVA CORE 5627 BETTY J. SMITH CORE 5627 WADE TILLETT CORE 5627 ROLANDO VAZQUEZ CORE 5627 KATHRYN L. WEGNER CORE 5627 LEANDRES WHITE CORE 5627 LARRY WILLIAMS CORE 5627 TYASHAMEL HEMPHILL CORE 5626 ROBERT MASLANKA CORE 5626 PAMELA SEATON CORE 5626 SUSAN SEBESTYEN CORE 5626 DAISY SHARP CORE 5626 ERIC SKALINDER CORE 5626 SALVADOR VENEGAS CORE 5626 THOMAS WALSH CORE 5626 TERRI WILFORD CORE 5626 BEVERLY WILSON CORE 5626 ERIK YOUNG CORE 5626 KATHERINE KURISCH CORE 5625 LINDA NEWSOME CORE 5625 CAROL REYNOLDS CORE 5625 SCOT JEFFREY SAFFRO CORE 5625 ANGELA SANGHA-GADSDEN CORE 5625 DRUNITA STEWARD CORE 5625 CHRISTOPHER A. SWIGGUM CORE 5625 RAYMOND WOHL CORE 5625 MARILYN STEWART UPC 5659 TENILLE EVANS UPC 5630 MARY M. ORR UPC 5629 KEITH VANDERMEULEN UPC 5628 ISALY ACEVEDO UPC 5627 MARK A. OCHOA UPC 5626 BETTY ARNIERI UPC 5624 JACKIE CANNELLA UPC 5624 NICK CANNELLA UPC 5624 PATRICK CLANCY UPC 5624 THOMAS M. FEELEY UPC 5624 ANTONIA GARCIA UPC 5624 GAIL KOFFMAN UPC 5624 ADRIENNE ANGLIN UPC 5623 VICTOR CIUMMO UPC 5623 SHARON D. DAVIS UPC 5623 TODD A. FRANTZ UPC 5623 QUEEN ESTHER JACKSON UPC 5623 SILVIA LOPEZ UPC 5623 HEIDE BURKE UPC 5622 AMANDA DAVIS UPC 5622 MARY ECTOR UPC 5622 LORRAINE EUBANKS UPC 5622 EILEEN LYNCH UPC 5622 THOMAS MCCANN UPC 5622 SHIRLEY J. ANDERSON UPC 5621 DIANE BLASZCZYK UPC 5621 CARYN BLOCK UPC 5621 EUGENE BOYD UPC 5621 MICHELLE BRUMFIELD UPC 5621 SEAN M. CLANCY UPC 5621 STEPHANIE DAVIS-WILLIAMS UPC 5621 KATHERINE DONOVAN UPC 5621 ROBERT FAULKNER UPC 5621 BRIGID GERACE UPC 5621 GENOVEVA GUERRERO UPC 5621 KENNETH T. JAMISON UPC 5621 MICHAEL KANE UPC 5621 BOBBI JO KING-DONELSON UPC 5621 SARAH LANDEROS UPC 5621 PAMELYN MASSARSKY UPC 5621 JACQUELYN MCQUEEN UPC 5621 LESLIE BARRON UPC 5620 DEBRA BLACKMON-PARRISH UPC 5620 ANN BOOR UPC 5620 CHARLES COTTON UPC 5620 ERIN M. DOUBLEDAY UPC 5620 GLORIA FINLEY-STEWART UPC 5620 MARY B. FITZPATRICK UPC 5620 DAVID FRIEDMAN UPC 5620 LINDA GOFF UPC 5620 KATHLEEN HAWKINS UPC 5620 JAMES A. HEARRIN UPC 5620 GLORIA E. HIGGINS UPC 5620 TIFFANY HUMPHREY UPC 5620 KAREN L. KREINIK UPC 5620 PHYLLIS MAGEE UPC 5620 RICHARD MARTIN UPC 5620 AUDREY PARSLEY UPC 5620 KELLI PFEIFFER UPC 5620 TOM ARNIERI UPC 5619 BRENDA ASAJU UPC 5619 STAUNTON BROOKS, JR. UPC 5619 ANN CATA UPC 5619 JOHN CUSICK UPC 5619 DOROTHY FELTUS UPC 5619 JANE HEARRIN UPC 5619 GLORIA HENLLAN-JONES UPC 5619 DELPHINE HILL UPC 5619 BRENDA L. HUMPHREY UPC 5619 DONYIELLE JOSEPHS UPC 5619 JOHN KEATING UPC 5619 LAURENCE LAUGHLIN UPC 5619 DONNA LAW UPC 5619 MARCIA LOPATKA UPC 5619 ANNETTE LUCAS UPC 5619 JOHN F. O

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    Might be a minor thing, but my school is not listed in the document. Lindblom Math & Science Academy. Anyone else's school not listed in the results?

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    The rally today was fantastic. I was there when the police were taking CTU President Marilyn Stewart's license. I believe they then arrested her. I like that she stood up strong for all her members.
    EVERYWHERE WE GO PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHO WE ARE: SO WE TELL THEM:
    WE ARE THE CTU!

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    The protest was good and I want to thank everyone that was able to attend. Every teacher that could have attended should have attended! No excuses when it comes to protesting for your job!

    As for Stewart's alleged arrest....
    Really? Was that when the loudest applaud was heard? Have not seen anything on the CTU website. Will she have a picture of the arrest in the next union paper? Will there be 44 pictures of her thoughout the protest? Teachers who vote for her can take the union paper and play "Where's Marilyn" when she helps them become unemployed!

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    May 21 election results show CORE has won high schools,
    many AFT/IFT convention delegate positions
    http://bit.ly/bXBkcK

  • I am a CORE supporter and you are mistaken. CTU sent emails to every member and fliers to every school delegate for them to post at their school.

  • In reply to gemed:

    Communication between delegates and constituent members is often where the breakdown occurs. I received a single blast fax from the Union and posted it on our board, but many don't even do that. It can be tough to get teachers to read the Union bulletin board on their way into or out of the building. It would have been more effective to supply many, many posters and enough small flyers for everyone in the building - that's what I got from CORE and it made for a large turnout from my school.

    Sometimes delegates don't really want to be delegates, but feel someone has to do the job. That's unfortunate, but our autocratic administration breeds apathy among delegates by denying the representative House of Delegates its legislative rights, responsibilities, and power. Who wants to sit and listen to President and other reports for 90 minutes and then go home? The House of Delegates will be empowered to participate fully as a representative body with real power in a new administration and, while it may take some time, I believe the quality and dedication of delegates will improve as a result.

  • In reply to gemed:

    walter jacobson says city hall's hoping for rookies to win the ctu election so they can get overwhelmed at the bargaining table.

    http://cbs2chicago.com/local/Walter.Jacobson.school.2.1706684.html

  • I am glad that you are excusing my ignorance. I appreciate that. I will excuse yours on the reasons why you are in love with UPC. Friend of mine was there and called me when the vote happened and he stayed after. There was no mention of this "incident."
    Fact is, you changed your story! You stated that it was a CORE member, now it is a CORE/PACT member. Maybe it was a CORE/PACT/SEA/CSDU member...that covers just about everyone!

    Let's look at other facts: As stated by others, CORE was not around yet. This "alleged" incident did not stop roughly 45%(combined) of people from voting for CORE or PACT. This did not stop roughly 65% of the membership from voting against Stewie! It is your right to vote for her if you want.
    I will not let this "incident" stop me from voting against Stewie. You keep bringing up this "incident" as though you have nothing else to mention regarding CORE. Is this you Mr. Ochoa?????

  • You have got to be kidding! You are so full of it!
    Let's start with the rally. I was there. I saw some UPC people with buttons/shirts. How many pictures of Queen Mari(lyn) are on the CTU website showing her at the rally?

    How the hell can you say the Stewie works with honesty and integrity. Her executive board has admitted to turning people in to the Law Department for "improper" use of First Class! That is called being a traitor! She is a traitor and that whole executive board should be kicked out! She claims that she was endorsed by politicians, that too was a lie. She claims that she got us a great contract during the worse economic times....duh! The contract was negotiated prior to the economic downturn. What, you gonna admit that she has a crystal ball?

    She claims that charter schools are not the problem. She even has the CTU organizing them into a union....hello stupid...why don't you quit, let a charter flunky take your job and join any union they want, because that is what is happening! Charter school teachers are not allowed to join our union, but are allowed to take our jobs and Stewart has said, "Charter schools are not the problem."

    Stewart also sent a letter to all principals telling them how and why to discipline people that are "campaigning". Yet she went to schools to campaign claiming it was union business. It wasn't until a caucus challenged her and she backed off, yet she refused to challenge Huberman on this matter. She even refused to thank the people, true union people (Lynch et. al) when they sued Huberman on a First Amendment issue to allow campaigning and WON!

    You write about preserving the union and working with it, how the hell do you believe that if you defend the very person that refused to take a "no" vote at the HOD meeting for the last contract? She might as well tear up the CTU Constitution!

    You mentioned that CORE plans a strike, the membership has that voice. It starts with the vote at the HOD meeting, and if it passes, it goes to the membership.

    Stewart has had people arrive early to the meetings and "save" seats by the mics to prevent people from siting near them when it was at Plumber's Hall. I know, I have complained about it. I have been there when her minions make a motion to end the meeting just so that they can go home or save Stewie from questions. Worse one was when a woman last January was about to ask a question about her school being targeted for "turnaround." One of Stewarts UPC members stood up and made a motion to adjourn. This poor woman was practically in tears as the Stewart team won and ended the meeting. I am sorry, go vote for her. Live in the clouds. Kiss her butt. Do what you want, but it is time for her to go. 65% of the people that voted did not want her. Keep believing what you want. I am voting for CORE.

  • You keep talking about this 4% raise. It was negotiated before the economic crisis!

    I have been a teacher for 16 years. In that time, I have worked as a counselor and a dean. You on the other hand have worked as a scab! Anyone that is so passionate about Queen Mari(yn) and refuses (REFUSES!) to address anything that has been mentioned (working with the Law Dept., fake political endorsements, taking up the mics, not allowing a proper vote, etc) is a CPS flunky that wants Stewie to sell us out. You talk about us being for CPS, yet you support charter schools (if Stewart does, and you support her, you support charter schools). Lastly, you are as big a coward as Huberman is who had the nerve to set up a scaffold in front of the office on Tuesday to attempt to stop a protest. You hide behind your fake name of "CTU member." You are a CTU sellout.

  • Obviously this was written by a UPC member that is up late drinking Kool-aid! You are a troll is such a coward, you have taken my name as an attempt to censor me. Everyone on here knows that I would not vote for her no matter what. Be real, write your name coward.

  • How can it be filmed by a local tv station if cameras are not allowed at union meetings?

  • I am wondering why you are supporting a president who did not even carry her own elementary school? What have you been promised? You work at the school next to Marilyn's so you have to know how the teachers who worked with Marilyn felt about her. Can you answer why she filed no grievances (for more than twenty years) against her principals, was called in on the principal's side when someone was to be reprimanded and was best friends with a scab who crossed the line in 1987? Yes, there were grievable issues but Marilyn liked her cushy computer position, yes, there are pictures of the scab crossing the line and no, she did not pay back the money earned off of our backs.
    She was put up to run for office by Ted Dallas and the UPC, won, and promptly awarded her scab friend with a legislative position at around $150,000.

    You say you are a union person but what kind of a union person, associate delegate, delegate or otherwise can support this blatant non-union behavior?

    I was a delegate for many years and observed Healy, Vaughn, Reece, Lynch and Stewart at the delegates meeting. Marilyn liked to sit in the audience with her UPC group (mostly older white field reps and UPCers)and boo, yes boo speakers at the mike. She is probably the most unprofessional president I have ever seen in my 35 years of teaching. So, what ever you have been offered by the UPC to carry your school it is not worth it.

  • It appears that we have some very deserate feeling UPC people on here, or there are some trolls that just want to stir the pot
    They are doing the following:

    1. Writing under the names of people and representing the opposite.
    2. Writing without posting names.
    3. Calling CORE people and teachers who do not support UPC "communist" and "CPS plants/trolls".
    4. They are spreading lies about CORE and people who do not support UPC.
    5. They are focusing on name calling and 4% raises, not ever answering questions.

    They are getting desperate! They have not been writing much on here until now. This means that they either never read this blog, or they are so desperate that they are willing to go as far as they can. Fact is, I am still going to vote for CORE. I still don't like what Stewart has done and been doing. Call CORE whatever you want, they are being endorsed by the other parties and they are gaining momentum. If Stewart wins, I will still be a union person and maybe she will get the message that we are unhappy. If CORE wins, I hope that UPC does not try to railroad them as they attempted to do with Debbie Lynch. Example, Reece extended contracts of people that worked for him so that they went into the Lynch administration. Then when Stewart took over, she fired anyone that was associated with Lynch even though it meant paying out contracts and suits for breach of contracts. What a waste of union dues.

  • Wow,I never thought of that! Because CORE is a democratic organization that is open to everybody, they are dangerous. Wow, I never thought Democracy could be so dangerous.

  • I already send her a check each month for her car payments, and cell payments, and CTU salary, and IFT salary, and benefits, and pension. But hey, if sending her more for public nuisance tickets if what would make her actually start fighting for teachers, why not? Or maybe I'll just wait until June 12 and fight for something better.

  • Rather than the unelected, non-teachers who continue to run the union your main fear is that Mayor Daley will join CORE and get 1 of 350 votes in caucus matters. When so many teachers are losing jobs, it's amazing that the biggest fear from some UPC supporters seems to be Democracy. I have to wonder how many people at Independence Hall in Philadelphia were terried that after winning independence from England, that King George would move to the United States and become a voting citizen. I'm glad they chose to go with a democratic form of government anyway.

  • Karen Lewis was a member of the Executive Board of the union and only made 2 out of 9 meetings. When that was brought up she said it was from depression. (I assume she was being sarcastic). It was also brought to my attention that neither Ms. Lewis nor any of the officers running on the Core ticket felt it was important enough to go to the rally in Springfield. Ms. Lewis has stated that she would not take Daley's call. Ms. Lewis and others in Core belong to the Socialist Party. These are a few of the reasons I do not feel that Core is the group to lead the union.

  • In reply to kellipfeiffer:

    The Reds are coming! The Reds are coming! Be very afraid! Be very afraid!

  • The members and those present can see that $500 citation for what it was - a transparent campaign stunt to make President Stewart look like a fighter, which she is not. Her record over the last 6 years speaks for itself.

    The only rational argument being made for the UPC is experience. CORE has more organizing experience than the $30 million CTU. And we all know how UPC experience has played out - 70+ closed schools, 100 new non-Union schools, a non-Union charter school sponsored by the CTU, massive CTU budget deficits, privatization of public education, a kicked-out Vice President, massive court costs and lawsuit payouts/settlements, a 6 figure treasurer who is ordered not to work, Union dues paying for election campaign materials, thousands of displaced teachers, total isolation from other public education stakeholders, multiple Cadillacs, CTU salaries based on a 53-week year, inept legislative strategies, blaming teachers for leadership's organizing failures, etc., etc., etc. No reason to beat a dead horse.

    In any case, CORE was out in force at the rally and CORE provided more posters, flyers, cards, speakers, and supporting organizations than the CTU did on a $30 million budget. Thanks, CORE, for a great rally!

    And congratulations to CORE, PACT, CSDU, SEA, and the Independent Caucus on uniting for the future fight! United we stand, divided we fall!

  • UPC desperation is so unattractive.

  • Wow. That's a scary thought.

  • I agree - bring on the negativity, smears, red-baiting, divisiveness, and fear mongering. I love it! It's highly entertaining! Ineffective as a campaign strategy, but still highly entertaining!

    More...more...I'm still not satisfied!

  • With close to a 300,000 dollar salary, she can afford it!

  • Ummm, yes I am a member of the CTU. Have been for 16 years. I don't think you are a member of the CTU. I think you are a member of UPC, which has sold out the CTU and has lost thousands of jobs over the last six years. Let's face it...the facts are there and Stewart is in the fight for her career. Two-thirds of the members of the CTU, including myself, did not vote for her. Wake up!

  • something had to be promised to the PACT SEA and the other one inorder for them to give there support to CORE who they hated all this time until now the run off

  • In reply to sister5c:

    Nothing was promised. The union is in a sorry state. We have some differences with the other slates, but we all agree that this union needs openness, democracy and transparency.

    I disagreed with other caucuses, but I had a relative by marriage in one caucus and two of the best PSRPs I ever worked for running for another. There is no hatred--only disagreement. Believe it or not, even though I dislike what UPC has done to this union, I even know some good people supporting that caucus.

  • In reply to sister5c:

    You're right - the other groups do get something out of it.

    What PACT, SEA, CSDU, and the Independent Caucus receive for supporting CORE is the genuine satisfaction of knowing that they are doing the right thing - what's best for the entirety of the Union membership. That, my friend, is invaluable.

  • In reply to sister5c:

    President Stewart's rejection of this debate is wholly representative of the real and important differences between UPC leadership and CORE:

    The UPC shields Union members from information, participation, and discussion while CORE embraces and encourages transparency, activism, and debate.

    To me this is the single most important distinction between the two groups and is why I, and darn near my entire school, will be voting for CORE.

  • Huh?

  • You're right. The PUSH debate was an attempt to humiliate Stewart by having a free, well attended, moderated, televised debate on the issues facing public education. That definitely sounds like sabotage to me!

    However, I agree that it was wise of Stewart to decline - she'd only embarrass herself further.

  • The Reds are coming! The Reds are coming! Our very way of American life is at risk! HELP!

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