Chicago Teachers Union
Public school teachers were raising their voices against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s leadership of the district; in particular his proposal to help shore up CPS finances by having teachers pay the full cost of their individual pension contributions, most of which is now paid by the district.
The union said the district’s cutbacks are counterproductive, and will lead to fewer resources for educators. The Emanuel administration has said the cuts will save $200 million for a district reeling from paying $634 million in pension obligations.
The Chicago Teachers Union was quick to respond to Mayor Emanuel, and to challenge the mayor’s assertions about the budget.
The Chicago Public Schools and its teachers face two deadlines on Tuesday: their three-year contract expires at midnight, and a $634 million pension payment is due by the end of the day.
Teachers and their supporters held a rally at the Thompson Center before moving to the streets downtown.
Faced with a proposed pay cut it finds insulting, the Chicago Teachers’ Union has filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the state of Illinois, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.
The Chicago Teachers Union is incensed over the city’s demand that teachers accept a seven percent pay cut, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel today emphasized he’s fighting a two front battle: not just over a teachers contract, but also over pension relief from Springfield.
The Chicago Teachers Union lashed out at the Emanuel administration Tuesday, accusing the mayor of “lying in wait” to raise property taxes, after demanding teachers and other union employees take a 7 percent pay cut next year.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis joined mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for a strategy session Thursday afternoon in Bronzeville, their first joint appearance in several weeks.
The Chicago Teachers Union has stepped up the fight to increase the minimum wage in Chicago, demanding better pay for non-union workers at the Chicago Public Schools, and mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia has joined their effort.
Hundreds of thousands of students in Chicago and the suburbs began taking a controversial new standardized test on Monday, but some parents want their kids to opt out.
Among the first to back Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in his bid for mayor, the Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday was taking a brief moment to enjoy Garcia’s success in forcing a runoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia says another teachers strike is likely next fall if Emanuel is re-elected.
Three months after surgery for a brain tumor forced her out of the race for mayor, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis spoke publicly for the first time about her disappointment that she won’t be taking on Mayor Rahm Emanuel next month.
The Chicago Teachers Union, parents, and other critics on Thursday accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel of misleading the public when he trumpets his achievements in early childhood education.
Chicago Police broke up a demonstration at City Hall on Thursday, after activists staged a sit-in to protest controversial bond deals at the Chicago Public Schools.
Lewis was hospitalized Sunday after feeling “discomfort,” but the union had been tight-lipped about what is ailing the potential mayoral candidate.
Chicago Teachers Union President and potential mayoral contender Karen Lewis has spent the past two nights in the hospital after feeling discomfort and lightheaded. WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports CTU representatives were quick to shoot down rumors Lewis suffered a stroke.
CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin says Lewis, 61, is being evaluated at a local hospital “after experiencing discomfort Sunday evening.” Gadlin says it is not due to a stroke, as rumors have suggested.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said a recent poll showing most voters are unhappy with how Mayor Rahm Emanuel is handling the Chicago Public Schools reveals “pushback for … failed policies” such as the controversial closing of nearly 50 schools.