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by Matthew Blake
6:24pm
Mon Jun 11, 2012

What's Next After CTU Strike Authorization Vote

The Chicago Teachers Union announced today that – by a wide margin – its members are prepared to strike if the union and Chicago Public Schools management cannot agree on a contract before the 2012-13 school year begins. The vote does not mean a strike is imminent, even with CPS and CTU escalating their public rhetoric, and the parties being significantly apart on teacher raises and other issues.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
10:20am
Mon Jun 11, 2012

By Authorizing Strike, Teachers Union May Relive The 1980’s

The Chicago Teachers Union announced this morning that 75 percent of its members voted to authorize a strike, the first step in a potential walkout to open the 2012-13 school year. "The vote has well surpassed the 75 percent threshold required by state law," CTU said in a news release.

Teachers are probably closer to a walkout than they have been at any time since the 1980’s – when, during a pre-Mayor Richard Daley period, the union actually went on a number of strikes. Read more »

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by Matthew Blake
5:44pm
Thu Jun 7, 2012

Report: TIF Great For Selective Enrollment Schools, Bad For Neighborhood Schools

A new report puts in clear terms how the Tax Increment Finance program, or TIF, strips away millions of dollars from traditional Chicago neighborhood attendance area schools, while financing pricey new selective enrollment and charter schools. Read more »

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by Steven Ross Johnson
11:38am
Thu Jun 7, 2012

Controversy Surrounds CTU Strike Vote & Ballot Count (VIDEO)

A group of religious leaders said Wednesday it has been asked by the Chicago Teachers Union to take on the role as witnesses to ensure the validity of the ballot count, as union members currently vote to determine whether to authorize the city’s first teachers' strike in 25 years.

Voting began Wednesday morning for the more than 25,000 members of the country’s third largest teachers' union, after nearly a year of negotiations between the educators and the Chicago Board of Education that have stalled over issues regarding the length of school days, class sizes, pay raises and job security.

Amid a backdrop that included the front of the Merchandise Mart building – the location of where the vote count is to be conducted – clergy members of the worker-rights advocacy group, Arise Chicago said their involvement in the ballot count process was to ensure the integrity of the process, and not to lend their support to any one side.
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