Will CPS & CTU *Ever* Meet?

Today's news includes the latest on the efforts of CPS and CTU to schedule a meeting, plus more about the labor board hearing on the process used to lengthen the day at 13 schools this year.

Hearing scheduled for teachers union’s complaints about longer school day pilot Sun Times: The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board has issued a multi-count complaint, accusing CPS of “coercing longer school day votes in 13 CPS schools,’’ the Chicago Teachers Union said in a news release Thursday evening.

Schools CEO pressing for meeting with teachers union Tribune: Since the Chicago Teachers Union asked to reschedule a much-anticipated meeting earlier this week with Chicago Public Schools leadership regarding the longer school day, district officials say they have yet to hear back from the union.

CPS custodians, lunchroom staff, security guards want their say on the longer school day WBEZ:  Unions representing Chicago Public School employees who are not teachers said Thursday they need to be part of the discussion about a longer school day.

Hearing scheduled for teachers union’s complaints about longer school day pilot Sun Times: A state labor board is demanding a hearing on the Chicago Teachers Union’s allegations that city public school officials unfairly pressured some teachers into adopting a longer school day.

Quinn pushes to abolish controversial scholarships Sun Times: Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday called on House Speaker Michael Madigan to sponsor legislation abolishing a controversial program that lets lawmakers award college scholarships and that has recently come under scrutiny by federal investigators.

Lake View High School Opens Doors to Woo Elementary Parents Roscoe View Journal: A recent transplant from Colorado, Gaudin is new to Chicago Public Schools and having put all of her “mental capacity” into finding an elementary school for her children was stunned to learned of the city's tiered high school system.

2 teens charged in videotaped high school fight Tribune: Two female teens have been charged over a fight at Sullivan High School and Chicago Public Schools officials are investigating.

Chicagoans Rally Against TIF 'Slush Fund', Bad Deals Progress Illinois: Community groups, along with members of the Chicago Teachers Union, want the bank to renegotiate financial deals with Chicago Public Schools that they claim are costing the eductaion system $36 million every year.

School Support Staff Stand With Teachers On Longer School Day CBS2: Unions representing support staff at the Chicago Public Schools are speaking out in support of teachers on the issue of a longer school day.

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  • I have met with CEO Brizard and I guess sooner or later the CTU will meet with him and his team.

  • There are at least two reasons why there should be NO meeting over this topic.

    First, the Union can no more designate 25 schools to waive their contract any more than the Board can do so. Such a decision is made at the local school level.

    And second, the Union should just say that they are not meeting with Board officials until the latter stop playing this out in the press. You send a memo asking for a meeting to the Tribune? This is news? A behemoth bureaucracy schedules a freaking' meeting and the media have to be alerted. We. Are. Not. Playing. That. Game.

  • In reply to Danaidh:

    Dear Danaidh, the reason that CPS and the CTU should meet is ONLY for the next contract! Not to add 25 more schools for a longer school day!

  • Depending on how you define "ever," the answer to the question in the headline is "not in the conceivable future." This, like Madigan and Cullerton invoking the Illinois Constitution for their own purposes, is just a stratagem not to resolve anything. According to news reports, they expect the State Educational Labor Relations Board to hash this out.

  • Your right, it will happen. But how can you come to an agreement with an entity that cannot be trusted? The board has a long history of not cooperating in good faith and does not honor contracts. I can fully understand CTU's lack of enthusiasm to meet with those who are disingenious.

  • Will the CTU and CPS ever meet, that is not in doubt. The reality is the current CTU contract will expire and based on SB7 huge sections of that contract will not be able to remain in force if negotiations become protracted. Particularly the length of the work day for teachers. Legally CPS can under SB7 refuse to establish in any successor contract with the CTU with any type of a defined work day and I think it is very likely that is what Jim Franczek the CPS Labor & Employment Law counsel will recommend CPS do. The CTU cannot legally strike only over the CPS's refusal to define the work day in the next contract based on SB7.

    As to the CTU complaint against CPS over the votes at the schools for a longer school day and the Oct. 20 date for the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board to consider whether a preliminary injunction should be issued to block the CPS longer day at the 13 schools. If the CTU does win a preliminary injunction the CPS will appeal it under Illinois Supreme Court rule 335. It goes directly to the Illinois Appellate Courts and it seems very likely that an Appellate Court will stay the preliminary injunction pending direct review in the Appellate Court. The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board hearing on the merits of the CTU complaint will not take place until December 14.

    I am totally unclear how long it would take the Appellate Court to hear the issue related to the injunction. But the critical fact here is that time is not on the side of the CTU, because every day the clock moves towards the end of the existing CTU contract. Once the contract ends the issue of the longer school day and the votes may be considered to be moot based on the language of SB7.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Rod you are right! The CTU did win their appeal to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board! We shall see, what we shall see.

  • They didn't win their appeal to the IELRB. The board said that it would hear it, not like it had any discretion in the matter.

  • In reply to jack:

    Actually the IELRB could have ruled that the CTU complaint was without merit and not gone forward with a hearing. I think the CTU could have appealed such a ruling, but that would have been very bad for the CTU given the time frame before the end of the contract.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    That would be the case only if the petition, construed in favor of the petitioner, failed to state any unfair labor practice.

    Since it is alleged (although I have not read it) that the administration went around the union to negotiate directly with individual groups of employees, that hurdle has been met. Of course, allegations are just that, and the IELRB would have to hold a hearing to resolve any factual issue, such as over what the administration had actually done.

  • In reply to jack:

    Dear Jack you are right! I stand corrected until they rule after the hearing.

  • i've never heard of el cuarto charter high school or house of chicago but this ABC profile makes them sound pretty good for dropout recovery


  • steve rhodes finds the media' reaction to the ILRB decision mystifyingly bland and tries to dig to the bottom of the decisions announced today


  • CPS custodians, lunchroom staff, security guards want their say on the longer school day:
    Five unions say they want respectful dialogue between CPS and employees, not 'confrontational rhetoric' /
    By Linda Lutton | Oct. 13, 2011 -


  • The Sun-Times story closes: "CTU officials and spokesmen were not available for comment immediately after issuing Thursday’s news release."

    Huh? Teachers in the schools--you know, the people who pay the salaries of 'CTU officials and spokesmen'--are clamoring for effective public relations against the media onslaught on them.

    And yet CTU officials aren't available to talk to the press after winning a victory at the IELRB? Maybe they were too busy planning a march against another bank that provides jobs for Chicagoans.


  • Danny, the ONLY thing working and is effective on Clark St is the Public Relations department. The rest is a futile mess. You would not know it from the PR/PR. I have talked with consultants, vendors and social agencies, who cannot believe the sad state of affairs that is CPS Central Office.

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