Today's news is mostly about the strike authorization announcement and not enough (in my opinion) about what happens next -- though Progress IL and Catalyst have some interesting tidbits on that front. CPS may yet challenge the vote, which was unaudited. (CTU will have to prepare to show excellent documentation of the process if its vote is to survive such a challenge.) Meanwhile, we're told that the strike vote may actually reduce the possibility of a prolonged contract dispute and/or an actual call to strike. (No one but a few of you really wants a strike, but it's in some ways harder not to strike having roused the rabble and now with the authorization vote in hand.) The Lewis team will have to win enough concessions to justify not going on strike, or face the wrath of those members who have become most radicalized.
COMMENTARY AND ANALYSIS
Teachers roar Tribune (editorial): There's plenty of time, and 405,000 reasons, to avoid a strike Chicago teachers have now unsheathed their nuclear option. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis announced Monday that nearly 90 percent of the union's membership authorized a walkout, should contract talks fail.
What's Next After CTU Strike Authorization Vote Progress IL: Andy Shaw, executive director of the Better Government Association, notes CTU did not use an outside auditor. Past CTU votes featured “irregularities and investigations,” Shaw points out. CTU turned to an outside auditor in their 2010 election for union president. CPS has demurred on whether it may legally challenge the vote.
Can Chicago teachers win a strike? Tribune (Steve Chapman): So if the teachers decide to walk out, I'm betting Mayor Emanuel will let them stay out. The success of his administration hinges in large part on his ability to restore fiscal sustainability, and in the immediate future, that means curbing the costs of public employees. He has to win this battle. I hope the teachers see reality and spare themselves and the rest of us the cost of fighting it.
Chicago public school teachers authorize strike Tribune: Nearly 90 percent of the Chicago Teachers Union rank-and-file members voted to authorize a strike, exceeding the required 75 percent, the union said on Monday. A strike would affect more than 400000 students.
Teachers "overwhelmingly" authorize strike, media report Catalyst: The win is not a huge surprise. Last year, a new law laid out a process for the CTU to call a strike and put in place the requirement that 75 percent of all members vote to authorize. Initially, advocates of the law, called Senate Bill 7, said they thought the provision effectively eliminated the possibility that the CTU could ever strike.
Ninety percent of teachers authorize a strike WBEZ: More than enough members of the Chicago Teachers' Union gave union leaders the green light to call a strike—89.73 percent of them to be exact.That’s well above the 75 percent now required by state law.Teachers’ union president Karen Lewis says the vote will give the union much-
Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike WTTW: Nearly 90 percent of Chicago teachers authorize a strike. Elizabeth Brackett has the latest.
Chicago schools head says strike vote premature Yahoo! News: The head of Chicago Public Schools says he's disappointed that the Chicago Teachers Union took a strike authorization vote before an independent fact-finder presented a recommendation.
‘It’s not even close,’ CTU source says about strike authorization vote Sun Times: Chicago Teachers Union officials are expected to announce Monday that they have handily met a new 75 percent strike authorization threshold, despite a blitzkrieg of emails and ads against the action, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.
Literacy and book pop culture: A global survey WBEZ: As Front and Center wraps up their coverage of how reading and writing skills impact Americans’ chances for academic success and employment, Worldview looks at the culture of literacy in India, Latin America and Afghanistan.
Special-Education Morass CNC: A children’s health advocate discusses problems with special education services in Chicago.