-From Karen Lewis, CTU The events that will unfold today in two separate Chicago courtrooms are the result of the turmoil and financial irresponsibility that has defined our mayoral controlled school district for the past six years. First, former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will be sentenced to federal prison for her role in defrauding Chicago […]Read More Karen Lewis: Our members in classrooms; our district in courtrooms.
The CTU has a tentative agreement with the Chicago Board of Education, securing a fair contract for educators and our schools. pic.twitter.com/bvpHHfoSPE — ChicagoTeachersUnion (@CTULocal1) October 11, 2016 Late Monday night/early Tuesday morning the news came from the SEIU offices where CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union were collective bargaining. A deal had been […]Read More Chicago students and teachers will be in class this morning.
The tragedy of Chicago gun violence and systematic police misconduct is one felt by Chicago citizens every day. Every decent person in this city wants to find a way to end it and is disgusted watching Donald Trump use our city’s name as a dog whistle to his racist base of voters. He can thank […]Read More Rahm has handed Trump a dog whistle.
2014 drawing by Fred Klonsky. -By Jesse Sharkey (from his Facebook page). The Chicago Tribune is comparing the CTU’s strike vote to some of the most undemocratic regimes in the world. What I find enraging here is that the CTU is held to a ridiculously high standard for voting on a strike (75% of entire […]Read More CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey on the CTU strike vote.
CTUnet: We cannot let the mayor and his CPS CEO continue to make terrible cuts to PSRPs, classroom teachers and special education while slashing after school programs, libraries, counselors and school nurses. Our ability to strike is our most powerful weapon to demand justice for ourselves and our students, so it is imperative that you […]Read More Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis’ letter to members on the current strike vote.
Following yesterday’s meeting of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates, a strike vote has been set for September 21 through the 23rd in members’ home buildings. This past week Chicago teachers began their second teaching year without a contract. One major issue is the proposal by the board to cut teacher take-home pay. A […]Read More CTU schedules their third strike vote since SB7 was passed which was intended to reduce strike votes.
Chicago’s Ravenswood teachers and union members. Professional union bashers have falsely claimed that the Chicago Teachers Union has not been transparent about the content of collective bargaining between the CTU and the unelected school board. @fklonsky The only thing they ever say is “strike.” Not productive or honest. It’s about ginning up the troops. Tell […]Read More “Ginning up union members with a threat of a teacher strike?” Nope. Here are the issues.
In 2009, in the depths of the Great Recession, I was speaking at a rally in support of striking teachers in Ottawa, Illinois. Years after I no longer worked at Chicago’s U.S. Steel’s Southworks plant, I would have this stress dream. In my dream it is twenty years since I had worked at the giant […]Read More Back to school dreams and nightmares.
Fred Klonsky graphic. -Chicago Teachers Union Faced with a school system in an economic freefall, an extremist governor fighting to destroy Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Illinois educational labor law that has tied his hands, neutral fact finder Steven Bierig today recommended that the parties reconsider an old CPS contract offer that has already […]Read More CTU rejects fact finder report and the Zombie Budget Apocalypse.
Fred, I will not sit down and shut up. -Karen Lewis.Read More Comment from Karen Lewis in response to my post on the Trib editorial.