Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Contract Votes

CTU Releases School Wide Contract Votes
By Jim Vail

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) released a breakdown of how each school voted on the new contract that was just approved by its members and ratified by the Chicago Board of Education.

The CTU members - mostly teachers, teacher aides and clinicians such as nurses, social workers and counselors - voted about 70 percent in favor of the new contract.

The new contract includes a slight raise and a continued pension pickup by the board (except for new members), a cap on charter schools (although CPS is still pushing for more to get to the cap), more money for community schools (although the union has indicated it would work with community groups to fill roles that could otherwise be performed by a unionized staff) and less paperwork (for example, either a lesson plan or unit plan, however the wording is vague).

There were several schools that voted heavily against the contract, including: Camras (40-20 against), Clemente (33-17), Dawes (48-14), DePriest (25-12), Earhard (10-2), Farragut (39-17), Sarah Goode HS (20-12), Hedges (34-15), Hyde Park (36-20), Irving (24-8), Jefferson Alternative (34-17), McKay (32-17), NTA (30-11), Roosevelt (53-27), Seward (32-16), Taylor (29-8) and Washington High School (63-15).

There were other schools that were close votes as well.

While there were delegates who spoke passionately against the new contract that some feel is on the way to dividing the union between those receiving a pension pickup from the board and new hires who are not (though CTU states that an increased salary offsets this divide), there was no organized opposition.

In fact, there is no other organized caucus that would challenge the only CTU party in play - CORE.

Despite a lot of fighting and bickering when the last union caucus the UPC was leading the union, and five parties ran for the union president, with CORE winning because the UPC split ranks, that meant more competition and more participation.

Today the only game in town is CORE.

Is this a good or bad thing? Is the CTU doing a great job leading the teachers fight against the privatization of public education?

Apparently, according to the fact there are no challenges, the CTU is doing a good enough job that no one has thought of taking the step to challenge their rule.

So far.

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