Monday, May 11, 2015

Contract Update

Special CTU Contract Briefing

The Board of Education Chose Not to Extend the Current Contract for 3% Raises.

They want to take about 10% of our salaries through Benefit Changes!

The Board has rescinded the 7% pension pickup, accepted by the CTU in the 80s instead of raises due the teachers. They also want to renegotiate healthcare premiums and co-pays with demands that would likely eat up about 3% of our salary.

THE BOARD REJECTED THE BULK OF CTU PROPOSALS, SUCH AS:

- Vermin removal and air quality control (they said they need flexibility on this)

- A library for every school

- Restorative justice coordinators

- Proposal to reduce the substitute teacher shortage by allowing and encouraging teachers to bank benefit days

- Class size and proper staffing for teachers, clinicians and PSRPs

- Strengthened layoff rights and protections for rank and file union advocates

- Appropriate funding for special education students in least restrictive environment

- Moving excessive Teach for America fees to the successful Grow Your Own program that supports PSRPs pursuing teacher certification

- Return daily prep time before student arrival

- Expand Pre-K

- Expansion of extracurricular and sports programs

- PSRP rights to have evaluations fairly reviewed by a neutral evaluation board

- Parental leave for 4 weeks

- Limited Compliance paperwork to a level that can be completed during our teacher prep time designated as principal-directed


THE BOARD WANTS TO TAKE AWAY CURRENT PROVISIONS, SUCH AS:

- Safeguards to defend against unfair discipline

- The right of specialists and more experienced teachers to first refusal for summer school jobs

- They even want to add mandatory after-school meetings requiring teachers stay two extra hours each month

THE BOARD REFUSES TO EVEN BARGAIN OVER KEY PROPOSALS:

- Limits on standardized testing to only those tests mandated by the State (the Board claimed this was 'illegal')

- $15 per hour for all CPS workers (calling the demand 'illegal')

- Removing costly police presence in schools were no written plan mandates their presence

- Protection of promises pensions, claiming 'no responsible stakeholder' would support this

- Moratorium on school closings, turnarounds and reconstitutions

- Basic union rights for educators at charter schools, claiming they are powerless to make charter managers comply

- Joint lobbying for an elected school board for responsible revenue sources that fairly tax the biggest profit takers

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Jim for your reporting, news and information!

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