Chicago Teachers Union strike

A representative of the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) will lead a discussion of Labor Notes’ new book, “How to Jump-Start Your Union: Lessons from the Chicago Teachers,” at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2014 at the Madison Labor Temple.

“How to Jump-Start Your Union” tells how activists transformed their union by engaging their co-workers and neighbors and unleashing the smarts of rank-and-file members. Readers will learn how to work with their communities, organize a caucus, run for office, rebuild a stewards network, train new leaders, run a contract campaign, and strike. [click to continue…]

On Tuesday, September 18th, 2012, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to suspend the strike and send the contract to all 26,000 CTU members for a ratification vote. Teachers, clinicians and PSRPs will return to school on the morning of Wednesday, September 19th, 2012.

Union leaders had already signed off on the agreement with Chicago Public Schools.

“We said we couldn’t solve all the problems. . .and it was time to suspend the strike,” CTU President Karen Lewis said at a news conference after the vote.

“The issue is, we cannot get a perfect contract. There’s no such thing as a contract that will make all of us” happy, Lewis said.

Photo of the Chicago Teachers Strike from Dane101

“It’s difficult to find a single teacher who would say ‘wages’ are the priority in the strike that currently has the Chicago Public School system shutdown for a fifth day.,” reports Dane101 co-editor Jesse Russell, reporting this morning from downtown Chicago. “The stand-out issues cited by teachers interviewed during a march in the streets surrounding the CPS Central Administration building at 125 S. Clark Street were ‘teacher evaluations’ and ‘resources.’ In the Chicago system, the latter issue is directly related to the former.”

Read Russell’s complete article at Dane101.

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is on strike to challenge Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s education cuts and efforts to increase privatization.

An ad-hoc CTU solidarity group of members from the TAA, AFT-Wisconsin, AFSCME Council 40, AFSCME Local 171, MTI, and SCFL is organizing a solidarity rally in support of the Chicago Teachers’ Union will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2012 at the Wisconsin State Capitol State Street steps.

On Saturday, September 15, 2012, a car or van pool (or possibly buses) will transport supporters from Madison to a mass rally in Chicago. The current plan is to depart at approximately 8 a.m. from the Madison Labor Temple (1602 S. Park Street, free parking) and from the UW Memorial Union (800 Langdon Street) returning on Saturday evening. There may be a cost for a bus seat or to compensate drivers for gas, which we will try to keep minimal. More details will be forthcoming as the week progresses. Click here to reserve a seat.

For the first time in 25 years, the members of the Chicago Teachers Union are on strike. No one wants to strike, and no one strikes without cause. In this instance, it comes on the heels of numerous steps that left CTU members feeling disrespected, not the least of which was the district’s unilateral decision to strip teachers and paraprofessionals of an agreed-upon 4 percent raise. The strike comes only after long and intense negotiations failed to lead to an agreement that would give CTU members the tools they need to help all their students succeed.

The American Federation of Teachers and our members across the country stand firmly with the CTU, and we will support its members in their efforts to secure a fair contract that will enable them to give their students the best opportunities.

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