CTU bargaining team unanimously rejects CPS offer.

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.

7 thoughts on “CTU bargaining team unanimously rejects CPS offer.

  1. Karen mentioned not allowing them to divide the union as one reason to reject the agreement.
    Does anyone know what she’s referring to?

    • 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.

      As a (retired) veteran educator, this seems pretty divisive to me – I can just imagine being one of those poor veteran teachers being pushed out the door so the contract doesn’t need to be re-opened because of me. Kinda like saying the retired teachers’ pensions are sucking up all the money that could be going toward paying current teachers/maintaining buildings/educating students/roads and bridges/anything else that’s wrong in our state.

  2. Also, in terms of asking that 1,500 educators retire at a $1,500 pop per year of service, wouldn’t this possibly result in a huge amount of $$$$ being spent by CPS (actually, by the taxpayers)? And–for what? Toclose even more schools down, to hire even more TFAs/inexperienced folks, to further decimate the # of union members and to open even more charter schools?
    (Yeah–despite a past “promise” not to close more schools, it happened anyway.)
    What you said, Ken Previti.

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