articles tagged "Chicago Teacher’s Union"

Chicago Teachers’ Union Strike Follow-Up

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 | A Public Affair
Todd Price

On Tuesday September 18th, host Cynthia Lin interviewed Associate Professor Todd Price regarding the recent Chicago Teachers’ Union strike. Huffington Post wrote on Tuesday, “Chicago Teachers Union delegates will meet on Tuesday to decide whether to end a strike that has closed the nation’s third-largest school district for more than a week and prompted Mayor Rahm Emanuel to seek a court order to stop it. Some 800 union delegates representing the 29,000 teachers and support staff in Chicago Public Schools met on Sunday but continued the strike for two days so they could review details of a proposed new contract negotiated with Emanuel. The meeting on Tuesday will be the second attempt by the union membership to try to get approval from delegates for the compromise deal, which must be approved by a simple majority to suspend the strike.” Cynthia talked with Dr. Todd Price about the new teacher evaluation system and the impact this may have on teachers and the education system in Chicago. To read more about the strikes: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/18/chicago-teachers-meet-tue_n_1892708.html To listen to the entire interview: more »

The Plight of the Chicago Teacher’s Union

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Wednesday September 12th, Molly Stentz subbing for Brenda Konkel spoke with a panel about the recent teacher’s strike in Chicago. Molly spoke with Chicago high school social studies teacher and blog writer Adam Heenan, writer for The Progressive Magazine Kari Lydersen and reporter for the New York Indypendent Newspaper Jaisal Noor. Kari Lydersen recently wrote in her piece “Chicago Teachers vs. Rahm Emanuel and Corporatized Education:” When 26,000 Chicago Teachers Union members hit the picket lines Monday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel called it a “strike of choice” that is “unnecessary,” “avoidable” and “wrong.” He stayed with the narrative he’s been pushing for more than a year – that teachers are acting selfishly upon their own interests at the expense of students and parents. Talking with some of the thousands of teachers, school nurses, counselors and other staff who manned picket lines and rallied downtown Monday and Tuesday, I also got the impression the strike was a conscious “choice.” Not a choice to throw the lives of students and parents into chaos in a bid to get better pay and less scrutiny, as Emanuel’s administration has painted it, but a choice to stand up to a powerful city administration and well-funded national “education reform” interest groups in a battle that epitomizes larger fights over public sector unionism and the future of public education nationwide.” Molly spoke with the panel about why Chicago Teachers have decided to strike and the impact this decision might have on education in the windy city. To read Adam Hennan’s blog: http://classroomsooth.wordpress.com/ To read Kari Lyndersen’s article in full: http://progressive.org/chicago-teachers-vs-rahm-emanuel-corporatized-education To watch Jaisal Noor’s reporting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFqrg4SVCqA&feature=youtu.be To listen to the show: more »

Teachers Unions, Hardships from Chicago to Madison

Thursday, 23 August 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Thursday August 23rd, Allen Ruff interviewed Chicago Teachers’ Union member and activist Becca Kelly about the struggle between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s efforts to cut educational costs and the harm this has done to Chicago’s schools and teachers. “On Aug. 22, Chicago Public Schools school board members authorized spending $25 million on a contingency plan if Chicago teachers strike for the first time in 25 years. Prior to the board meeting, teachers picketed outside the district office. Karen Lewis, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) president told the Board of Education, at Wednesday’s meeting, ‘We have had 45 sessions of negotiations, and we’re still pretty far apart’… One CTU spokeswoman mentioned that if a contract negotiation is not reached, teachers might take their signs to the Democratic National Convention, in North Carolina, where Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel is a scheduled speaker. Emanuel’s demands for a longer school day angered the teachers, and this resulted in 90 percent of the union agreeing to strike. Most unions have seen their power slip, and a teachers strike will have ramifications far beyond Chicago. It may set a precedent for organized labor throughout the United States.” -examiner.com To read more about the situation in Chicago: http://www.examiner.com/article/chicago-teachers-prepare-to-strike To listen to the interview:   more »

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