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by Ellyn Fortino
4:01pm
Wed Nov 2, 2016

CTU President: New Contract A Step Toward 'Rebuilding Trust' Between Teachers, City

Now that Chicago Teachers Union members have ratified a new contract, CTU President Karen Lewis detailed what comes next for the union and Chicago Public Schools district.

"We will work with them to shore up their financial issues by promoting legislation that will adequately and equitably fund all of Illinois' schools," she said during a speech before the City Club of Chicago.

CTU members approved the four-year contract agreement late Tuesday. Preliminary vote results showed that 72 percent of CTU members authorized the deal.

In discussing the vote results, Lewis said, "What I can tell you is that the level of distrust between the district, parents, educators and communities is still high, and will need a lot of work to repair these wounds."

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
10:20pm
Wed Sep 28, 2016

Chicago Teachers Union Sets October 11 Strike Date

The Chicago Teachers Union's governing body approved an October 11 strike date Wednesday, putting the union one step closer toward its second walkout since 2012. 

"If we cannot reach an agreement by then, we will withhold our labor," CTU President Karen Lewis told reporters Wednesday evening after a special meeting of the union's House of Delegates. 

CTU and school district officials have yet to agree on a new labor contract to replace the one that expired in June 2015.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
10:13am
Thu Aug 18, 2016

CTU Presses School District To Support TIF Surplus Ordinance At Budget Hearing

Chicago Public Schools officials heard familiar pleas for more school funding during a budget hearing Wednesday night in the South Loop.

CPS convened the 6 p.m. hearing to get public feedback on the district's proposed $338 million capital budget for 2017. The hearing, held at the National Teachers Academy, was thinly attended and ended an hour early.

"I like the capital plan, but most people came here because they lost teachers at their school, they lost programs at their school," Martin Ritter with the Chicago Teachers Union told CPS officials.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:27pm
Wed Apr 20, 2016

CTU President Karen Lewis Calls Rauner 'The New ISIS Recruit'

CTU President Karen Lewis had some choice words Wednesday for Gov. Bruce Rauner over his handling of the state budget. She also rejected the school district's request to move contract talks into binding arbitration.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
8:22pm
Fri Apr 1, 2016

CTU, Allies Come Out In Force To Call For Increased School Funding (VIDEO)

Progress Illinois provides coverage of the massive rally and march staged Friday by the Chicago Teachers Union and its allies.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
2:53pm
Wed Mar 9, 2016

Fired Chicago Bus Driver Speaks Out; CTA Approves Contract For Hundreds Of New Railcars

A former Chicago transit worker who claims he was "unjustly" terminated last month saw support Wednesday morning from some Chicago Teachers Union members and community groups, who want the fired bus driver rehired.

The group, including representatives from the Black Youth Project 100, spoke out before the Chicago Transit Board meeting.

Erek Slater, who previously worked as a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus driver and claims to be a "union steward" and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 241 executive board member, said he was "unjustly" fired last month.

According to the group, Slater was fired after initiating, as a union steward, "an inquiry into a possible violation of the contract" by the CTA "on the request of his coworker."

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