The May 2017 Issue of Substance

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CTU leadership's betrayal of unionism goes deep, including directing the union's field reps to hob nob with principals against delegates and the 'rank and file'...

As attendance at the meetings of the Chicago Teachers Union's House of Delegates continues to drop, one of the main reasons why delegates are either leaving as soon as they arrive or boycotting the meetings . . .


Debate flares over Chicago Teachers Union leadership as Lewis explains (sort of) her support for Barbara Byrd Bennett while failing to provide support for the union's local leaders...

Some might say it was a long time coming, but the debate within the Chicago Teachers Union over the priorities of the union leadership began flaring into the open around May Day 2017 after CTU . . .


May Day 2017! False Flags Flying: Fake unions planned Faux Mayday...Sellout union leaders in NEA and AFT have long pushed false May Day events and a version of history designed to mislead working women and men..

By the time May 1, 2017 arrived to the world, more people than ever were noticing how the leaders of the labor unions, especially in the USA, were trying to utilize the holiday to divert . . .


BOOK REVIEW: Building Labor Solidarity... 'a well-written and pleasantly eclectic mix of some of the brightest and most passionate thinkers today on the subject of global labor solidarity...'

[Editor's Note: The following is a review of Kim Scipes's latest book, Building Labor Solidarity... and is printed here at Substance with permission. Review: Building Labor Solidarity in a Time of Accelerating Globalization, reviewed by . . .


BOARDWATCH: Chicago Board of Education's May 2017 meeting

The Chicago Board of Education (CBOE) held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at its headquarters at 42 West Madison Street, Lower Level. Some issues were the new Science requirements for high . . .


Vacant CPS buildings, once schools, testify to the betrayal of Chicago by Barbara Byrd Bennett four years after she ordered the closing of 50 of the city's schools, highest in American history... CPS Criminal Conduct Update, Claypool now the Lawbreaker...

Four years after former Chicago public schools "Chief Executive Officer" Barbara Byrd Bennett ordered the closing of 50 of the city's real public schools, many of them still sit vacant with gaping openings for miscreants . . .


Chicago Metro seniors April meeting of Chicago Metro Retirees worries about Climate Change and Trump policies...

There is growing concern with issues of climate change and protection of our environment among the Illinois Alliance for Retired People who met in April. Alarm bells are going off daily with regulations against pollution . . .


HISTORY LESSON III: Chicago Teachers Union leaders not only supported Barbara Byrd Bennett, but also praised the patronage imports from out of town who became the cabinet and enablers of 'BBB'...

As of May 8, 2017, the president and other officers of the Chicago Teachers Union still have not explained what CTU president Karen Lewis and two others were doing in federal court in support of . . .


HISTORY LESSON II: American Federation of Teachers gave support to Barbara Byrd Bennett long before Karen Lewis joined up to back BBB... AFT pushed so-called 'innovation' -- which meant Common Core and other reforms pushed by Gates and Broad...

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen's Lewis's current support of Barbara Byrd Bennett is in line with American Federation of Teachers (AFT) history. Below is just one detail revealing a closeness between BBB and the AFT. . . .


HISTORY LESSON: Cleveland investigation and then a Substance report showed Barbara Byrd Bennett's history of corruption had been exposed in Cleveland long before the 'scandal' of the $20 million no-bid SUPES deal became Chicago 'news'...

[Editor's Note: The April 28 sentencing of Barbara Byrd Bennett to four and a half years in federal prison for corruption while she reigned as "Chief Executive Officer " of Chicago's public schools reminded the . . .


Chicago Board of Education meeting of April 26, 2017...

The regular monthly meeting of the Chicago Board of Education took place at the Board's Loop headquarters during the working day on April 26, 2017, beginning at ten thirty in the morning. Two of the . . .


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