Earl Kelly Prince Union Activist Dead
My condolences are going out to the family of Earl Kelly Prince. Earl was a Chicago Teachers Union unionist to help build the Chicago Teacher's Union into one of the most powerful unions in the country under the leadership of Jackie Vaughn.
Earl who worked for the CTU for over 27 years filed suit against the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools where he was engaged in a life altering battle for justice culminating in his untimely death. Earl, represented himself Pro Se in both lawsuits against CTU and CPS and succumbed to a massive heart attack after a 15 year court battle He ultimately lost his case in court last year. Earl was also a C.A.U.S.E. Chicago Alliance of Urban School Educators member.
My beloved friend it is so hard to say goodbye. Rest in Eternal Peace.
Earl Kelly Prince, who was an assistant to the late CTU President Jacqueline Vaughn, said that during President Vaughn's term of presidency 50 % of teachers were African-American, while now less than 30% are. He complimented the excellent presentation by Rosita Chatonda last month. He added that the decline in African-American teachers began in 2000. He alluded to corruption in certain departments in the BOE and mentioned the Illinois Constitution requirement regarding public schools.
Former Chicago Teachers Union official Earl Kelly Prince Rosita Chatonda's CAUSE group, said that the Board's elimination of African American teachers and principals was racist, and called the Board's Law Department corrupt and criminal.
- email from Burma Green, CTU substitute teacher delegate
Prince ran for CTU union president against Debbie Lynch and Marilyn Stewart in 2004.
This is what Prince had to say to Substance News about the myth of tenure and the teaching job being a guaranteed job.
[As usual, we must turn to Substance News to explode education myths. One such myth is that a teaching job is guaranteed, a sinecure. The history is much more complex, and Earl Kelly Prince demystifies it for us in this April 2005 article. Called the “Amendatory Act,” this innocuously named leglislation allowed Mayor Daley to take over operation of the school system and drastically weaken tenure. And, in explaining history, Prince helps explain the significance of the seniority system. The real rationale behind the seniority system for all workers — and its a myth to think of teachers as anything but workers — is the insecurity that faces all older workers in our capitalist economy. — Lew Rosenbaum]