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Wed Mar 19

Guest Post: Lessons Learned In Primary 2014

The following guest post is from Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.

Incumbents seeking to erode retirement security in Chicago had better beware

Throughout this primary season, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has been a strong and vocal advocate for voters on the South and West Sides of Chicago—many of whom have been most impacted by the foolishness of education deformers and pension thieves. It is time to stand up to the predatory corporate and political interests that seek to threaten the economic security of thousands of workers. Incumbents seeking to steal our retirement security, beware.

The Chicago Teachers Union expressed people power this electoral cycle. We were most successful in creating a platform of educational justice and retirement security that was expressed by our endorsed candidates.  Representative-elect Will Guzzardi amplified our calls for an elected, representative school board, a moratorium on school closings and an end to charter proliferation.

With our continued support and his ability to turn the issues we’ve long championed into a successful political campaign, he was able to take down the Berrios machine and strike a blow to the top-down political tradition of the Northwest Side.

While the 26th District race remains contested, it is clear that voters on the South Side have soundly rejected State Rep. Christian “Crown” Mitchell’s anti-working families’ platform. This contest, more than any other this Primary season, exposes the racial and economic fault lines for 2015. Read more »

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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Nov 12, 2013

Report: Pay Gap Between Top Administrators, Workers Skyrockets At University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

A new report shows that the pay gap between top University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) administrators and the school's clerical and technical staff have worsened over recent years to the point where many employees have trouble supporting their families and affording basic needs. 

AFSCME Council 31, which represents frontline University of Illinois employees, issued the “University of Inequality?” report Monday, which found that 68 full-time UIUC workers currently make less than $23,550, which is the poverty threshold for a family of four. Meanwhile, the university’s 50 highest-paid employees are set to rake in an average salary of $397,141 each this year, which is a 25 percent increase in average top earnings compared to 2010. Read more »