AM News: Daley Endorses Strike Ban

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Daley: Teachers Shouldn't Be Allowed To Strike Sun Times: Daley said that adults shouldn't be allowed to hold children's futures hostage. But he was also hoping to lift one of the union's biggest bargaining chips: the threat of a strike has long been wielded to secure pay raises and other benefits for teachers... Plan to limit pension sweeteners advances in Illinois House:  A state constitutional amendment aimed at making it harder to sweeten public employee pensions moved to the floor of the Illinois House Tuesday, but its sponsor, House Speaker Michael Madigan, couldn't answer key questions about the measure... Once visionary, now obsolete: South Shore High heads toward demolition WBEZ:  South Shore High School, hailed by school officials as the "most advanced high school in the United States" when it opened in 1969, will be demolished this year, according to the city's Public Building Commission... Japanese scholars coming to Oak Park:  South Shore residents are at odds with each other and Chicago Public Schools officials over a proposal to open a college prep and career training school at South Shore High School and phase out the current system of four small schools in two buildings....

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  • Thank God he is leaving....I would NEVER vote for him...or his poodle Rahm

  • this update from jim broadway and catalyst suggests that the senate isn't interested in moving quite as fast as the house --

  • I worked in New York under the Taylor Law where all public employees lose 3 days pay for every day out on strike. In the 90's I worked 3 years without a contract because of this law and almost went on strike to force the district to come to the table. A law of this kind splits unions and makes them utterly toothless.
    No, the right to strike is a basic right of all workers including public employees.A strike is the unions last option and no one wants to us it, however lose this move of very last resort? No.

  • wbez has a short segment about the performance counts proposal, but i get the sense from jim broadway's latest updates that the senate isn't going along so i'm not sure how madigan gets that changed

  • I just returned from Springfield an hour ago the entire issue of the right of teachers in Illinois to strike was not resolved at the time I left, but my impression was that there was not enough support in the General Assembly for it to become law. It is possible that the issue of a strike provision such as the one appearing in the Performance Counts draft bill may never appear in a bill that goes to either the House or the Senate.

    It appears that the proposed Stand for Children legislation will be broken up into several different "gut and replace" amendments to existing bills. Some issues will likely be referred to task force type groups for legislative recommendations. The tenure issue it seems will be addressed and language was still under development when I left Springfield. It seems to me that the CTU, IEA, and IFT lobbing efforts including bringing a bus up from Chicago did have some impact on critical members of the Assembly.

    I do not agree with the Mayor, I think teachers should retain the right to strike. I am not opposed to a more extended arbitration process prior to notice of intent to strike being issued, but forced acceptance of mediated issues based on a vote of the Board of Education fundamentally alters the ability of teachers to bargain with the Board. I also think that the Mayor forced his own Board of Education to accept the current CTU contract with the yearly salary increases to create an atmosphere of labor peace prior to the failed Olympic bid. In fact James C. Franczek, Jr. discussed how this Olympic bid impacted public sector labor relations in a 2009 presentation at a conference in Chicago. Mr. Franczek's firm represented CPS in working out the current contract.

    No law can protect the CPS Board and the Office of the Mayor from entering into labor agreements it cannot afford or wants to escape from after the fact. CPS entered into an agreement with CTU it cannot afford because the cash cow in Springfield will not provide CPS with additional revenue it assumed would be coming because of its current fiscal crisis. If CPS cannot afford the contract it should reopen it declaring that there is not a reasonable expectation it can fund the agreed upon salary increases in June of this year. It should not attempt to remove the union's strike ability and then invoke the provision that opens the contract due to funding issues. That would be disingenuous in the extreme.

    I think it is somewhat difficult for CPS to argue that it does not have the money in light of the corruption the CPS inspector general has formally revealed to the public, even though the money involved is a relative drop in the bucket. CPS needs to rebuild its creditability in order to effectively negotiate and this will start with replacing the current Board on May 16, when the new Mayor takes office. We need an honest Board to negotiate an honest agreement with teachers that can be afforded. I would like to see some type of elected Board, but I suspect that is not likely.

    But we need to end the culture of corruption at CPS and it cannot be done by the current Board which refused to publicly disclose what had taken place with Mr. Scott and Williams until the Inspector General was legally required to do so one full year later. This was wrong and taking corrective actions like tightening credit card use rules after the fact does not fix the problem. This also does not mean that current Board members are in any way guilty of inappropriate expenditures themselves, but their inaction in relation to public disclosure has decimated their ability to lead CPS out of the morass it finds itself in.

    Rod Estvan

  • When I was a child in New York the legislature passed a law that said any teacher who went on strike would be fired. The next day the teachers walked out and the New York Times announced 90% of the NY Teachers were fired. There was chaos inside the schools and the teachers were all back within the week. The key was unity. I'm not sure CTU could get that response today.

  • Can we ban Daley from paying our teacher to little?

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