Today's news is that it's Day 3 of the strike authorization vote, and CPS and CTU are battling over the letters and emails and legal requests that have been flying back and forth. Basically CPS is trying to make sure that the vote doesn't reach the 75 percent level -- and is legit if it does. CTU is trying to make sure it reaches 75 percent -- a target it has to reach in order to win greater concessions in the contract negotiations.
What I'm most curious about is what it's like in schools where there hasn't been voting, or where the vote has been mixed. Not voting is a no vote, essentially (and would get the building rep bothering you to vote) so there's lots of incentive to get it done one way or the other.
I'm curious about why voting isn't nearly complete and whether teachers who are so committed to democracy and choice are being calm about members who decide to vote against the strike. Are there schools that don't have ballots or something, or where the counting hasn't been done yet? Is the process truly secret or is there someone keeping tabs in each building on who voted against the strike (ie, the shit list)?
Teachers union accuses CPS of trying to sabotage strike authorization vote Sun Times: By the second day of voting Thursday, CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin said more than half of the union’s 25,500 members had voted and “we are well pleased with what we are seeing.’’ …
Rahm: Don't vote. STFU and do what you're told Mike Klonsky: Chicago's two so-called newspapers are warning teachers not to vote YES. The Sun-Times (wholly owned by a group of Rahm's patrons) claims that, "Chicago Teachers Union president has walked her members to the edge of the cliff." CPS is sending letters home to parents trying to panic them about an impending strike. The union has responded with a letter of its own. Then there's the steady diet of radio ads now running on WBBM-AM, WGN, WGCI, WVON and several other stations — urging parents to tell their kids' teachers not to strike0.
CPS, union wage legal battle over strike vote Catalyst: CTU lawyer Robin Potter said that the letter included threats and inaccurately portrayed the state of negotiations and what would happen if the strike authorization were approved. For example, in discussing raises, Brizard writes that “the process by which that occurs must be allowed to work itself through.”
Chicago Public Schools CEO takes calls on strike vote, promotion policy, field ... WBEZ: Brizard gives his views on merit pay and weighs in on schools rationing toilet paper. Hear the entire show by clicking the play button above. WBEZ education reporter Linda Luttonmoderated a live chat during the broadcast. Click below to replay.
Head Start teachers joining union Catalyst: Teachers at three of Chicago’s community-based Head Start programs have voted to unionize this year with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). More union elections could be on the way in coming months.
Teachers union faces dilemma as strike vote nears Crain's Business: If I were a member of the Chicago Teachers Union, I would vote for that strike authorization today. Mayor Rahm Emanuel hasn't given me much choice. Then I would pray — a lot — that a strike never occurs.
CPS teacher held on $250,000 bond in sexual assault of student Sun Times: Idris L. Bridgeforth, 39, of 14500 block of South Parnell Avenue in Riverdale, is charged with indecent solicitation and criminal sexual assault of a supervised victim 13 to 17 years old, both ...
Study: Urban kids have higher incidence of food allergies than rural ones Chicago Tribune:
This fall, Chicago Public Schools will stock an epinephrine auto-injector. Still, few adults can recall "peanut-free" zones or bans on home-baked treats during their own youth, which is why many people still refuse to take allergies seriously, ...
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