The May 2020 Issue of Substance

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Stories about Substance editor George N. Schmidt on Oct. 2018 Substance homepage

Dozens of stories about Substance founder George N. Schmidt, who died on Sept. 17, 2018, are published on the October 2018 Substance News homepage. Stories about George’s personal life appear on the left column . . .


Media Watch: Chicago Sun-Times doesn't use word "union" in its story's background of janitorial privatization

"CPS ditching Aramark, Sodexo for facilities management after one more contract renewal"

District officials are extending contracts one year to give themselves time to come up with an alternative to maintain buildings.

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How the Pandemic Is Driving Labor Activism Among Essential Workers

as one of the worst pandemics and economic crises in modern history continues unabated and workers are forced to choose between safety and economic security they are rising up to fight for workplace rights across . . .


Haymarket Books celebrates May Day

The following notice came from Haymarket Books:

May Day, international workers’ day, is a day to honor and celebrate the radical traditions of the working-class movement. In the current crisis, workers across the country . . .


May 2020 Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates meets on Zoom

Because of the COVID 19 pandemic, the May 6, 2020, HOD meeting was held by video conference. As this was the first time the CTU did this, there was no official voting on items or . . .


We honor those who have fallen in service ....

We honor the servicemen and women who have sacrificed their lives in the service of our country ... thank you ....


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Harvard sued over 'subpar' online learning amid pandemic

Harvard sued over 'subpar' online learning amid pandemic ... Harvard has joined the list of universities facing legal charges for refusal to refund tuition ... the university’s handling of the pandemic has not satisfied . . .


Chicago Teachers Union v. DeVos et al Case No. 20-cv-02958

... Chicago Teachers Union has filed a federal lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, claiming teachers now face an “impossible burden” to revise these plans for remote . . .


At least 275,000 teachers in the US face permanent job loss


In an opinion piece Published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) there are predictions of over a quarter of a million be Public Schools staff might lose their jobs because of . . .


Unfair Labor Practice Charges filed against the Chicago Teachers Union

Recent filings with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) show two Unfair Labor Practices filed against the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) by an employee.
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Case Number: 13-CA-260333


Date Filed: 05/13/2020
https://www.nlrb.gov/case/13-CA-260333 . . .


Educators on front lines deserve support

Maria DeVito an education activist from the East Coast caught the Board of Finance with their hands in the cookie jar ....

... this is an excuse for cutting into the schools' dollars so . . .


No. 20-cv-2682 TROESCH & NKEMDI vs. CTU & CPS - COMPLAINT (5/4/2020)

... in the tradition of Substance News, we will be posting legal documents in full unedited form. We are not taking one position or another. There is a comment section for you to voice your . . .


Betsy DeVos’s Ideologically-Driven Coronavirus Response Will Hurt Public School Students

In an opinion piece from Forbes by Scott Sargrad lays out the pitfalls of having ideologs running budgets and the problems with cronyism and corruption in the US Department of Education ... . . .


RIP Lotty Blumenthal: A true working class warrior

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Carlene Margaret Blumenthal, known as "Lotty" to close friends, age 82. She passed away on Friday, May 1, 2020 due to heart complications. She was born August . . .


May Day is Labor Day: History lesson and ballad

One nice thing about working from home during the coronavirus pandemic with a 15-year-old who is home from school is you can watch a video and read an article together on May Day when you're . . .


Stand with striking workers on May Day 2020

The graphics may be all we need today during the coronavirus pandemic.

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MAY DAY HISTORY: Chicago public school student walkouts helped galvanize March 10, 2006, immigrant rights march in Chicago, a march paved the way for the largest May Day march in Chicago, the city that gave birth to the International Workers' Holiday

The archives of Substance contain part of the untold history of Chicago's public schools and the Chicago Teachers Union. One of the most important moments in that history came in 2006, when two marches for . . .


We were forced to suspend subscriptions to our print edition a year ago, and after wishing we could get back into print have finally admitted that we can only continue as an online publication. Therefore, readers can no longer subscribe to Substance on paper, but those who wish to donate will be thanked.

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