According to Michelle Gunderson, member of the CTU bargaining team:
Chicago educators and allies: You will hear many things in the news about our contract. Here is my analysis from today’s work in the bargaining team.
As a union we were asked to make significant cuts, yet what the board offered in return had significant holes.
1. The board’s offer was dependent on a specified number of veteran educators retiring, and the language offered would re-open our contract if the number was not met.
2. The language regarding lay off protections did not prevent a reduction of force for reasons other the economic pressures.
3. The promise of no charter school expansion is moot when the state commission can undermine it.
After strong deliberation, even though the board’s proposal offered us significant gains, we could not accept the Chicago Public School board’s tentative agreement.
In the end, this is a matter of trusting those who have proven themselves untrustworthy. I personally could not say yes, and the decision to reject was unanimous on the bargaining team.