"Revenge Of The Lunch Ladies"

Today's education news is mostly about the contract with lunch workers that just went through, and whether it has any implications for CTU and CPS. There are also a couple of interesting pieces from Catalyst and WBEZ about teachers and parents.  Plus the rest:


CPS reaches a contract agreement with lunch workers Tribune:  Speaking to the teachers union as much as the media, Chicago Public Schools officials held a press conference Thursday to announce a labor agreement with the district's lunch workers.

Chicago school-lunch workers win raises Sun Times:  Chicago Public School lunchroom workers will receive a minimum 2 percent raise for at least two years and see a five-year freeze on converting “cooking” kitchens to “warming kitchens” under a deal announced Thursday.

Revenge of the Lunch Ladies Mother Jones:  "I think it was a challenge to Chicago Public Schools to see the lunchroom staff standing up for good, quality food," Rosie Diggs, a lunchroom attendant at a Chicago public school for eight years, told me via email.

CTU's reckless strike talk is bad for Chicago's kids Sun Times:  John J. Kim~ For much of the last year, while parents, community leaders and policymakers have been focused on bringing much-needed improvements to the Chicago Public Schools, the teachers union has been not-so-secretly planning to hold our ...


A Round-Table Discussion on Teaching, Learning, and Power WBEZ:   A group of 31 teachers, students, principals, and others in education from a wide range of schools around Chicago gathered in WBEZ's Community Room for an in-depth discussion about teaching, learning, and power.

As contract talks heat up, teachers union seeks stronger ties with parents Catalyst:  In recent weeks, teachers at dozens of schools have made efforts to reach out to parents about issues ranging from the longer school day and school funding to class sizes to teacher pay... But good relationships with a community organization don’t necessarily “trickle down to the school,” says CTU organizer Matthew Luskin.


Senate votes to abolish scandal-plagued scholarship program SunTimes:  The Illinois Senate voted Thursday to end a scandal-tainted, century-old program in which legislators have doled out tuition waivers to the children of campaign donors and other political insiders.

Proposal would limit CPS suspensions ABC:  A proposed city council resolution could reduce the number of suspensions and expulsions at Chicago Public Schools.

'Desperately needed' Chicago school repair funds won't go far WBEZ:  Chicago Public Schools is cutting back drastically on school construction and repairs, slashing next year's capital budget by over 80 percent.Elias Estrada, principal at Oriole Park Elementary near O'Hare airport, is one of very few lucky principals.

The big lie on teacher pensions Capital Fax: This is not true… Teachers are supposed to pay almost 9.5 percent of paychecks into their own retirement accounts. But two-thirds of all public school teachers in the state don’t contribute anywhere near, and many contribute nothing at all, according to a report set for release Thursday by the Illinois Policy Institute, a government watchdog. * [...]

Supplemental LSC elections – apply by May 9th! PURE:  Local School Councils at 31 CPS schools (see below) did not have enough candidate/elected members to form a quorum after the April election. At those schools, CPS must hold supplemental elections to fill the vacant positions so their LSCs are ready to get to work by July 1.

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  • It was was wonderful what the head of UNITE HERE said in the press conference, "the board should take the same positive approach with other unions now in negotiation as the board did with us." Jean-Fraud then took hold of the mic to whine about CTU labor tactics. It seems the board realizes the 75% threshold is well within reach.

  • If the teachers strike so many parents will be pissed off. I know very few parents who would support teachers striking. It is not the parents fight. It is not the parents burden. It is the teachers who have to demand the CTU stop destroying their profession. The teachers are trying to play nice and win parents over as directed by the CTU. This is insulting to me as a parent. Sure, I like and even adore the good teachers my children have had and see the new sugar coating as patronizing. Where were all the teachers when they had a chance to give the kids recess? They sure were not looking out for my kid.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    CPS put teacher lunch at the end of the school day so that children could leave early and the Board would not have to pay for professional supervision or instruction when teachers take a lunch break.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Why is it necessary for teachers to be paupers? Why do so many only see the myopic gain of saving money now while the quality of education will diminish severly it teaching becomes a transient occupation. If parents are inconvenienced, blame the board who fails to negotiate respectfully and professionally. It is Crimanuel and Jean-Fraud who obfuscate language to disguise their real intentions of turning millions of education dollars away from children toward political contributors. If you want to see education improve, rally with the teachers and the board will negotiate properly and there will be no strike. Back the 1% who want to profit from education and you will see job actions and conflict. The correct choice is obvious.

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    Most of the parents I've talked to understand why we would strike. They have said they will join us on the picket line.

    They know that we are doing this for the benefit of the children of the city. In fact, pretty much everything I do from the moment I wake up in the morning is for the students. Can those attacking us say the same?

  • In reply to Xian Barrett:

    Xian, realize that you probably talk to a very limited set of parents. You may personally be trying to benefit the children and thank you for that, but that has nothing to do with what CTU is talking about and what you would strike over. I appreciate you passion for the children, but that is not what you will be striking about.

    To benefit the kids, you do not need to strike. So much can be done by working together now on things that impact kids not compensation. Sorry, the strike is not about the kids.

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    In reply to district299reader:

    The only reason CTU wouldn't literally be striking over issues that benefit the children is that the richest of the rich have spent millions of dollars to ensure that the union cannot bargain over issues most important to children without the board agreeing to it.

    The board almost always never agrees to discuss such issues. What results is the toxic environment that most of our children face in the status quo of top down governance.

    You are right that my discussions with parents are limited in that I am a single individual. You also probably realize that my discussions are quite a bit more extensive than the actual input that CPS allows parents in major policy decisions.

    The "silent majority" argument is only applicable if you are not the body that is specifically attempting to silence and ignore the majority.

    Finally, I agree with you entirely on the last point. But whether or not we need to strike to benefit the youth is not really our unilateral choice. I AM working hard to collaborate on the issues vital to students. The response from those on the other side of the bargaining table is often underwhelming and sometimes deeply insulting and disrespect to the families they are supposed to be serving.

    If the board didn't spend so much energy specifically setting up structures to disempower students, parents and teachers and handing that power to outside organizations, we could rapidly improve the district.

    I'm always working at this, and spend the vast majority of my waking energy pursuing this. If the city governance actually want to improve education, they should pick up the phone and reach out, and join the community based improvement process. If they'd rather pass out patronage deals, vilify teachers and make crazy threats and proposals, let's prepare for a strike.

    A strike that is for the kids.

  • In reply to Xian Barrett:

    you have a seat at the bargaining table? Hmmmm................ You have good genuine intentions, but are completely naive to what ctu is doing. Didn't all you teachers vote for a change in leadership? Doesn't seem like that happened at all. Still a strategy of saying NO to absolutely everything and no true agenda to help students. Same old, same old, protect the worst performing teachers and get more money and better benefits. I see nothing for the children. So it is not my fight as a parent. I will fight for things that are good for the students with teachers or the board of ed. But the current strike vote has nothing to do with the children.

  • As a parent, I'm certainly not hoping for a strike. But it is clear that the administration wants to disenfranchise the union, privatize most public education spending, and eliminate all but the most basic protections our clearly committed educators have. It is because of this, that I would support a strike (as would many other parents I’ve spoken to.)

  • In reply to marrs96:

    That is not something that is part of the strike. It is simply wages and compensation/benefits. If you don't want charters, that is a different story and our kids should not be left without school for that argument.

  • It is the teachers who have to demand the CTU stop destroying their profession

    So the CTU needs to go along with abolition of tenure, pay/evaluation tied with test scores? Is this the status quo in affluent districts?

    Where were all the teachers when they had a chance to give the kids recess?

    I'm not sure what you mean by this. I was probably either at work or not yet a teacher.

  • In reply to cklaus76:

    The board and administrators bamboozled the public and teachers by claiming that "education minutes" were more important than "silly play ground time." We did argue that physical exercise was important. But the board had its own agenda. We also lost the battle on the four years of gym that was reduced to two. Thus what are the results of the board's decision to cut back on gym and recess: obesity, diabetes and lanquidity. When will people learn that the board does not act in the interests of children but themselves and political contributors. ?

  • Yes, tenure should go. It keeps the bad teachers protected and from what I have experienced with my child the bad teachers need to go. The good teachers will do just fine without tenure and in the new evaluation system. The CTU is simply trying to frighten all their ranks so they can protect the worst teachers. The good teachers need to understand that by protecting the worst teachers, CTU is portraying all teachers as the lowest common denominator. I am not the one you should be upset with, you should be upset with the CTU for portraying teachers in this light.

    You not knowing about recess means you are not aware of much going on the last 30 years in CPS. Ask plenty of parents who were threatened by their kids teacher to stop asking for recess. The parents begging for more than a decade for just 10 minutes recess. These would be the same teachers now playing nice and showing up to the school activities. Patronizing and insulting.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    It is nonsensical to blame the CTU for poor CPS policy.

    It is easy to terminate poor teachers. Tenure simply requires a mutually agreed upon procedure for removing those educators. This removal is based on evaluations and the content of those evaluations cannot be contested.

    My principal gets rid of bad teachers every year. If there are poor teachers in your child's school that is a failure of administration and not the responsibility of the CTU.

    In fact, the Board has had no trouble firing teachers, even the good ones. CPS has laid off thousands and thousands of teachers over the last five years.

    Your frustrations have little to nothing to do with CTU and everything to do with CPS.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    That is just like the CTU clones, not taking responsibility and passing the buck when a valid point is brought up. Typical.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Actually, the whole point of the comment is that your point was NOT valid.

    Not sure how you missed that part.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Actually, your point is not valid. Check the job descriptions of your union leaders. They are required to protect the lowest of the low teacher. That is the core of the problem. Get rid of the bad apples and let the good apples shine. The only ones who can make this change happen is the good teachers paying union dues. That is your fight with the CTU and I hope you win.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I would love to see the job description that requires union leaders to protect the worst of the worst. Talk about a fascinating read. However, nothing like that exists.

    You fail to address the obvious fact that CPS is responsible for hiring and firing, not the CTU. You also fail to address how CTU is the problem when thousands and thousands of teachers (many of them outstanding educators) have been fired en masse by the Board. You also fail to address the fact that there is a simple procedure in place for principal's to use in the termination of a poor teacher - and they choose not to use it.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Sorry, but I disagree with you on your comment "The good teachers will do just fine without tenure in the new evaluation system". There are going to be principals that would "not" give a fair rating to teachers. You are going to have the principal who wants to get rid of a teacher( even if that teacher is excellent, so he/she can either put a friend in the position or just does not like that teacher.) There needs to be some stipulations to this evaluation system. There should be more than just the principal doing the evaluations and ratings. It should consist of a panel of 4 people in my opinion, including experienced teachers on this panel along with the administator. At least then every teacher in every school would have a chance at being rated Fairly!

    This way at least then the bad teachers can and will be eliminated. I agree kids should have a recess. I do NOT think there needs to be a 7 hour long day though. Back in the day when I was young we had recess every day and we were in school from 9 am to 2:45 pm. Also, even my own mother was in school back in the 40's and she said she was in school from 9 am to 3:15 pm. This included an hour lunch break. She also have 2 recess periods a day!

    I also think that CPS needs to put more money into different programs for the kids. I mean they need to bring back Auto
    Shop class in High Schools. They need to bring back Home Economics class as well as other different classes that are essential to the students learning process that they had years ago but got rid of. There needs to be ALOT of changes.

    As far as a teachers strike, well the teachers in my opinion DO need to strike for their rights! This is about them being stomped all over and treated like crap! Lets stop bashing the teachers for wanting to strike. I seen the lunch people strike, I also saw the janitors strike as well. I see ALOT of unions strike for what is right! Why is it that when teachers want to strike they are automatically ambushed and labeled as "not caring about the kids"???? The teachers union is about protecting the teachers and their rights!! Teachers do NOT really want to strike. They want to be treated decently and fairly; that is what they want! They do not want to have to work longer hours without fair compensation. They do not want to have larger class sizes which will impact the students negatively. They do NOT want to be evaluated unfairly. They want to be able to bargain for more than just their salaries. Teachers work very hard everyday! Yes, there are a few bad ones out there that need to be ousted, that is true. That is why there needs to be a fair evaluation system. Believe me, if you have a panel of educators doing these evaluation systems, then they will know the difference between the good and bad teachers and therefore get rid of the bad. There are way more good teachers than bad out there.

  • In reply to fedup:

    In just about every other profession (except priesthood) people get evaluated every year and there is a way to do it fairly. The good teachers will be fine and the crappy principals will be weeded out of the system. Doing nothing keeps us trapped in mediocrity.

    No argument there are many good teachers. As far as bad teachers, you need to understand the magnitude of a bad teacher on a child. Not only a lost year of education which is so hard to make up, but often mental abuse, bullying and even physical abuse. The students are powerless and the system is broken. This is a horrible feeling for a parent who tries to work in this system you all seem to say is "easy" to get rid of a bad teacher. In reality it is not easy even with the recent tweaks. The CTU protects and perpetuates the broken system as its number one priority. Sorry, I can't support that.

    Sure, teachers are free to strike. My issue is to leave the parents out of it. It is not the parents fight because it is nothing about the kids and all about the teachers.

  • In reply to fedup:

    Do the math. You are compensated fairly already. Teachers are paid for a 7 hour day. You just spend only 5 3/4 with students now. Yes, you will have to take your lunch in the middle of the day like the rest of the working world. So, if striking is about compensation, you really do not need much more than the 2% offered since you already are paid for 7 hours. Do the students and taxpayers get "back pay" for all the years that kids only got 5 3/4 per day? Both CPS and CTU were wrong to do this to the students over the years. Time to set things right with the length of the day for the students. Teachers, sure it is a change for you, but you need to think about all the years that you got your lunch the end of the day.

    I am sure there will be posts saying how hard teachers work. I agree they do work hard. That is the profession you signed up for. I think it is great that you get the summers off. I really do. That is one of the benefits of the profession you signed up for. Just like a consultant who may get paid a six figure salary, but they don't get to see their family all week and rarely get to take even a 2 week vacation. That is what the consultant signed up for. Or the professional athlete who gets paid 7 figure salary but only has a short lived career not much past early 30's. That is the profession they signed up for. Or the entrepreneur who works around the clock for 5+ years with nothing to show for it except a hope that it takes off. That is what they signed up for. Or the musician who lives gig to gig but gets to do what they love every day. That is what they signed up for. Or the nurse or doctor who is on call Christmas Eve. That is the profession they signed up for.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    You are incorrect. Teachers in CPS are paid for 6.25 hours per day.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    New teachers in CPS are paid at a very competitive wage for the Chicago metro area and for urban areas. Veteran teacher pay, alternatively, is in the middle of the pack or near the bottom depending on what demographics are compared.

    CPS has imposed a roughly 25% increase in mandatory work hours. It is not unreasonable to request a proportional increase in pay. While some salaried professionals see a rise in work hours few, if any, face a 25% increase without any additional compensation.

    I agree that teachers are compensated fairly. But a 25% increase in hours for a 2% raise (gobbled up by higher health insurance costs) is not fair.

    Now, if CPS was willing to split the difference and offer teachers a 12.5% increase in pay for 25% more hours we might actually get somewhere.

    While CPS has budgetary troubles they have also spent $300+ million each year for almost a decade to close schools, open new schools, and privatize others. That is hardly a wise expense in the face of budgetary challenges.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I agree with the fact that they do need to get rid of the bad teachers, but there has to be a better safety net for the good ones. There has to be more than just the pricipal doing the evaluations. when you only have one person doing the evaluations, then very good teachers are going to lose their jobs due to unfairness. There has to be a panel of evaluators, not just one administrator.

    You mentioned teachers should accept the 2% raise?? Ummm, CPS owes the teachers the 4% they reneged on in this years contract! They claimed they did not have money for it, but yet, amazingly when they wanted all the schools to go to a 71/2 hour day back in the beginning of this school year, they had the money to pay 2% to each worker and 100,000 for each school for materials. They owe this money to the teachers!! Also, teachers are paid for 6 hours and 15 min. per day, yet they work more like close to 12 hours per day between grading, lesson plans, updating grade book, which are all done on their own time, not to mention having to make phone calls home to parents. Yes, you are correct, it is part of the job, but the thing is, they keep pushing more and more onto the teachers. I mean they expect every teacher to increase their students test scores no matter the child or situation. For example, take a student who lives in a rough area where there are drive by shootings and it is just an unsafe area. How is that child suppose to be able to concentrate on a test when he/she is worried about getting home after school? Also what about the child who has a parent or relative that is deathly ill or sick?? Their mind is not going to be on the test, yet if that childs test score drops, it is the fault of the teacher. How is that right? Or better yet, how about the child who just does not care and does not have parents who support them by helping them study and do their homework? Is it fair that the teacher has to be held responsible for that child not meeting the Quota?? The demands and pressure being put on the teachers is unbelievable. Heck, even doctors are not held resopnsible for their patients like this! It is wrong. So I think offering a 2% raise to the teachers is like a slap in the face.

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    CPS had already been given a free pass to fire whom they wanted under Huberman. They used that massive power to fire experienced high-performing educators and activists who supported student and parent rights. This created instability and likely cost student lives.

    So I fail to see how more power to hire and fire would help children.

  • In reply to Xian Barrett:

    I totally agree with you there!!

  • In reply to Xian Barrett:

    I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) until now (pre SB7) it took years to fire a teacher for poor performance. Teachers were only reviewed every two years and it typically took two reviews to complete the dismissal process. Non performance issues (criminal behavior etc.) did allow for prompt dismissal of course. If there had been a better/speedier performance evaluation mechanism in place far fewer schools would have been closed or "turned around"

  • In reply to casey57:

    Casey57, that has been gone for a while. CPS got very creative the last few years with ways to get rid of veteran (more expensive) teachers. Closing schools, turnarounds, "redefined positions", nitpicking red tape errors on state certifications and endorsements, among a few. When people say thousands of great veteran teachers have lost their jobs in the last few years, it is the truth. And all of this before SB7. Imagine what it will be like after. The loss of experience in the the teaching ranks has and will adversely affect students.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    You are confirming what I said. In order for poor performing teachers to be fired without years going by CPS had to close entire schools and then re-hire those teachers who qualified.

    Of course "thousands of teachers have left". CPS has 30,000 teachers but the number of kids in the system is shrinking. It just doesn't need as many.

    Also, in my opinion, there are too many schools. In order to fill all schools at 90 -100% of their designed occupancy about 100 to 150 schools have to close. WITHOUT LAYING OFF ANY MORE TEACHERS JUST MANY, MANY ADMINISTRATIVE AND SUPPORT STAFF TO RUN THE LEFT OVER 450 SCHOOLS. My neighborhood has 4 elementary schools all within walking distance. They are all performing fairly well but way below capacity - they need to become one school (in a new energy efficient building with a gym, playground, AC, etc., selling the closed school properties will pay for the new building) with one Principal, 2 -3 AP's, Art, Music, Librarian, Technology staffer, etc. The savings would allow for one fully staffed, fully programmed school without any additional funding.

    My apologies for the all caps in advance.

  • In reply to casey57:

    I see your point, but disagree with your premise. There are a lot of variables that go into a "failing" school, and it certainly isn't because a school is FULL of bad teachers. However, closing is just one of the ways they are dumping veterans. The point is that few are rehired because it's cheaper to get a kid right out of school. If that's the way CPS wants to go, good luck. That still doesn't make it right.
    I would also like to see some school consolidations, but rather than giving the empty school buildings away to charters, I would like to see the charters pay for those buildings. Otherwise you just have more schools opening in neighborhoods that have declining enrollment, and I'm not sure I see the point in that unless it really is simply about union busting.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I agree 100% that the the schools were not FULL of bad teachers but the lethargic process evaluation caused the good ones to loose their jobs with the bad ones which then caused the opportunity for hiring of younger less expensive staff.

    I also agree about not giving the real estate away. The consolidations should also occur in neighborhoods with schools that are not necessarily failing. In fact, capacity based consolidations should be blind to performance of the students.

  • In reply to casey57:

    "...process evaluation..." should be "...evaluation process..." wish we could edit posts

  • In reply to casey57:

    Casey, I think the new evaluation system is promising though the inconsistency and unreliability of value added measurement via high stakes exams designed for other purposes is a massive problem.

    Still, the new plan is far, far more time and labor intensive than the old, simple checklist which literally took 30 seconds, 90 seconds if a principal wanted to include a comment or two.

    And remember, the content of those past and current fly-by evaluations that determine whether or not a teacher can be fired for poor performance cannot be appealed to CPS.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    My understanding from school administrators is that the proposed system is pretty much unworkable and will need to change drastically or completely fail. I know a bit about test design and completely agree that you cannot use one test and use it for a purpose that it has not been validated for.

    I hope there is a better solution.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Principals are walking toward the CTU side. CTU is the last voice to support and state what is right for students in our city schools. Example, CPS touts that they did not raise class size this year, but class size is 33 per classroom! CPS did NOT support schools for the longer school day with needed positions for preps and recess. Yet, CPS wants schools, from their reduced budgets, to hire parents to watch 100s of students in the deep of winter, outside. No parent wants this for their child in any neighborhood. CTU, I am not a member, is all that stands between BASIC (forget equal) public education for the city's children and the end of it via Rahm Emmanuel.

  • In reply to casey57:

    Casey you are wrong--the E-3 process for tenured can start at any time and takes 90 days. After this, the teacher is a DNH with CPS.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    The new process will favor poor teachers since it will be impossible for principals and APs to meet the demands of it.

  • Dear Casey 57
    Years ago there was a set of railroad tracks which bisected Chicago.
    North of the tracks was the West Side South of the tracks was Little Village.
    In little village there were so many kids all the schools were filled to
    the bursting point. In that part of the west side schools sat almost empty.
    One in particular I knew about was only about a half block north
    of the tracks. A logical solution would be to fill the underused schools
    to educate students.
    Of course in this city of neighborhoods I just ignored the real reason
    For this imbalance of facilities –race-.The west side was black
    Little village Hispanic.
    The tracks still divide the city and as a political solution to a educational
    Problem many schools were built in little village It’s a city of neighborhoods alright.

  • In reply to rbusch:

    Very sad. I'm fortunate, as a parent, to have a student in a CPS high school with kids and their families from over 100 elementary schools from ALL over the city. It's a fantastic school and community.

  • Do all the anonymous anti strike posters here attend public school where their teachers were all < 4 yrs experience for all twelve years? No veteran teachers throughout your schooling correct? How about testing? Rahm Emanuel is over there kow towing with Mrs Jobs. You think Steve's teachers in 7th grade were held accountable for little Stevie's "value added" scores? I support recess, I don't support the arbitrary firing writ large of older more expensive teachers that SB 7 lays out for Chicago's(i.e. NOT Wilmette or Bolingbrook) teachers.

  • The people who work in the lunch room work there fingers to the bone. A 1% increase, economically, is a pay cut as inflation takes its ugly toll. They make about 10 dollars after taxes. A 1% raise comes out to 10 cents an hour or 4 dollars a week.
    I don't even need to explain how little this gets a person in this city. . Even sicker, is a rich board of ED and Brizarrd use it as “an example of coming together” and as a PR stunt.
    It would take the monthly raise of 437 employees just to pay for the former Chief Ed Donoso’s moving expenses. I am not a communist, and I understand people command a different salary. HOWEVER, I think CPS's spin machine is using this little concession to make a PR stunt with the CTU

    Brizzard was quoted as saying "This is the message we are pushing: When two parties come together and sit together great things can actually happen," said schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard. "We're focusing on finding resolution. We're not focusing on strikes." Coming from a guy who make 230k?

    This is just PURE PR to say listen teachers we aren't the problem here...see we give raises to other workers and listen to them. In other words they are not the bad guys; it’s CPS. We are going to give better lunches to the children and give our workers free work related classes. It's a calculated. Of course you don't see the tribune complaining that CPS is broke because they already work these workers to the bone (just watch them work the breakfast shift as Chartwell lines their pockets every day with snack packs they call brakfast.) I am sure the Chartwell Administration gets better than a 16 dollar month raise. Oh yea...they have so much money they took CPS higher ups to football games and concerts. Maybe they should have taken their own workers!!!!!!!
    I think we are being duped by CPS. They are winning the PR game. There is a picture of Brizzard hugging a lunchroom worker. This is sick. If he made her salary, he would not be smiling. I respect these men and ladies more than any worker in my building, The lunroom workers are so kind and work in grueling conditions for often unthankful children and adults...

    I wish we could double their salaries. To see their 16 dollar a month raises being touted as "two sides" coming together is exploiting their already tough condition. I “get it” (as rahn like to say) that they got some maternity leaves and sick leaves, but they are still left at poverty. And let's face it...what will they return to when they recover…500 dollars a week in a city that can bankrupt a person making 100k a year.

    It is so hard to live in this city on 4000 a month...try cutting that in half and then be told you will have 16 additional dollars to pay for increased parking fees, city stickers, and gas....as CPS and the Tribune thought a "another example of two sides getting together"????? Then to see my picture on the Trib being hugged by brizzard in a calculated PR photo-op. I would be very sad!!
    CPS is using the pawns (the lunch workers) to fight their next battle!

  • I think it is worst than that. I have not been able to find an actual
    copy of the new agreement. But the devil is surely in the details.

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