COUNTDOWN: CTU finally publishes May 21 election results at 2:00 p.m. on May 25 (sort of maybe)... PSRP results still in CTU SNAFU.... FUBAR possible....

At just before 2:00 p.m. on May 25, 2010, the Chicago Teachers Union published the results, school by school and candidate by candidate, of the election that had been held in all of the city's public schools on May 21, 2010. But the results were not complete as of 3:00, because the union website had two iterations of the high school results and no results for PSRPs. As previously reported in Substance, the counting of the ballots took place over four days because 34 ballot boxes were not picked up in time on May 21, remained in the schools over the weekend, and were finally picked up on May 24. The resumption of the count, however, did not provide those who (like this reporter) were observing the counting for the various candidates because (as previously reported), the union leaders refused to provide all of the observers and canvassers with full reports prior to declaring that the count had ended on the evening of May 24, 2010.

Chicago Teachers Union Financial Secretary (presently) Mark Ochoa (above, at a hearing on schools in February 2010) was present at every hour of the vote counting at the American Arbitration Association on May 21 - 22 and May 24, 2010. Ochoa participated in discussions of the canvassing committee, although committee chairman Karen Kreinick refused to allow CORE observer George Schmidt to speak, and threatened at one point to have Schmidt removed from the room. Ochoa is currently candidate for CTU vice president on the UPC slate. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.Finally, on May 25, 2010, at approximately 1:53 p.m., the "official results" were posted on the union website ( — without the results for the PSRP votes.

Substance reporters will continue to analyze and report on the data over the next couple of days, based on observations from the count and analysis of the data now officially available to the public. 


May 25, 2010 at 10:40 PM

By: Carol Caref


Gotta love that picture of Mark.

May 28, 2010 at 11:14 PM

By: John Whitfield

A Nice Cold One

I would like to have a beer at a Sox game with George, Jackson, and Mark after this is all over.

It's on me dudes. And lets invite our significant others and adult offspring.

And what the hell, invite CSDU, PACT, SEA

Caucus, and once upon a time radical UPC.


May 29, 2010 at 1:02 AM

By: George N. Schmidt

Mark Ochoa? John, you've got to be kidding!

John, you have never been more wrong about anything than you are about this notion you have about Mark Ochoa, so I'll spend a little time, out of respect for you, correcting you here and publicly. The reason is because you have made this nonsense public in several forums, and it is simply way off base.

Out of respect for you, I've sent you my longer response to this directly, rather than posting it here. I still treasure your friendship and support, and hold very dear the photograph of those few individuals — one of whom was you — who came out publicly to support me when I was being fired and blacklisted by Mayor Daley and the Paul Vallas Gery Chico school board.

But to say I am angry about your recent posts, which have appeared here and elsewhere in English and Spanish, is an understatement. Sorry, but I will not drink with you if you include a man I consider one of the worst examples of union incompetence and corruption in recent history.

The rest of what I have to say I've e-mailed to you.

May 29, 2010 at 1:46 AM

By: kugler

marc hurts the union

ochoa uses his position for political retaliation and should be removed from his elected office. i hope he has a nice time bouncing a basket ball in September.

May 29, 2010 at 4:41 AM

By: John Whitfield

"With Rev. Love"

I love Linda Porter, Deborah Lynch, Marilyn

Stewart, especially when she was out there in the streets with CORE and others in below zero weather, and boy do I love Karen Lewis.

Peace to all of you.

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