The Chicago Teachers Union rejected contract recommendations from a third-party fact-finder, starting the clock for a potential strike as early as May 16. It’s unclear, however, whether the union will hold a strike this school year or wait until the start of next school year.
The Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates voted to cancel the planned May elections, granting President Karen Lewis and her slate from the Caucus of Rank-and-file Educators an automatic re-election.
Thousands of Chicago Teachers Union members took to the streets on April 1 for a one-day strike. Meanwhile, school district officials insist the strike was illegal and are seeking an injunction to prevent future actions of this kind.
A running, interactive timeline tracks the key progress — and setbacks — in contract negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Board of Education, as well provides some historical context.
The teachers union, along with students, state employees, minimum wage workers and others, are taking a stand against an inequitable tax structure and the failed leadership of Mayor Emanuel and Gov. Rauner.
In a major about-face, Chicago Public Schools officials announced they would delay ending the pension pickup for teachers. But union officials say an end to the payment in the future would still constitute an unfair labor practice.
The Chicago Teachers Union wanted the Board of Education immediately restore the steps-and-lanes structure for salary increases which was frozen in September. But a state labor board ruled unanimously today against the union’s request.
A democratic organization is supposed to be governed by and for its members, yet a bargaining committee of the Chicago Teachers Union flatly rejected a proposed contract offer from the Chicago Public Schools without consulting their teachers. They didn’t even publicly share the details with their members until after the bargaining committee turned it down. Still there is confusion. For example, Ray Salazar, a well-known local teacher blogger, said on twitter that he had to piece together the facts based on tweets and press announcements rather than a comprehensive fact sheet. Many teachers are still in the dark about a deal that offers them net salary hikes, guarantees no economic teacher layoffs for the next four years, and limits charter school growth.