A tale of two unions.
Tammy Vinson and Al Ramirez submit CORE nominating petitions.
Yesterday representatives of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators submitted 5,000 signatures that placed the names of current CTU President Karen Lewis and her CORE colleagues on the ballot for re-election in about a month.
The opposition, currently invisible in the fight against school closings, represents the group that was ousted by CORE in the last election.
The nominating petitions had five times the number of signatures required. They are nearly 20% of the CTU membership.
Tomorrow we will see why the current Chicago teacher union leadership has support that is deep and wide.
Thousands of teachers, students, parents and people from every neighborhood will fill the Daley Center across from City Hall and march to 125 Clark Street, the headquarters of the CPS board of education.
Our message: Every Chicago public school is our school. Support public schools. Don’t close them.
Barricades have already been erected.
As they demonstrated last Spring during the teachers’ strike, these are union leaders who know how to fight for their members, for our students and for our neighborhoods.
I could only wish for as much from the IEA leaders in Springfield.
In the lead up to votes last week in the General Assembly on our pensions not a word was heard from IEA leaders.
When questioned by members about the silence, IEA President Cinda Klickna would say how hard they were working.
She even chastised the members for not doing enough.
I have heard from more than one member who have been told by more than one state senator that these senators were given a green light to vote for Senate Bill 1 by the IEA. I have been told that one senator told a constituent that the IEA was “out ahead of the We Are One coalition on this issue.”
Can I prove that? Do I have a smoking gun? Another Jonah Edelman video tape that documented the IEA’s sell-out of the members with their support for Senate Bill 7?
But the silence from the IEA headquarters on Edwards Street in Springfield is deafening.
And the contrast between them and Chicago is stark.
Chicago teacher union leaders provide a
vision reality of what is possible.