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'Coordinators' or field reps?

Above: Molly Carroll, Chicago Teachers Union “Member Services Coordinator”, served as a field rep until being promoted by Marilyn Stewart. Carroll’s total compensation package (which includes salary, pension annuity, car allowance, cell phone, and expenses) totals between $180,000 and $200,000 per year. The Stewart administration refuses to provide the union's members with a complete listing of all compensation for its senior staff, but one of the pieces of the pay and benefits package Stewart reportedly provided to her senior staff includes a 21 percent annuity — on top of the pension CTU pays into teachers on leave (like Carroll). The annuity had been taken away by former President Deborah Lynch, who charged that it amounted to double dipping (because teachers on leave are already having their pension payments taken care of). Carroll is shown at a Board of Education meeting on February 26, 2006. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.From the beginning of the administration of Marilyn Stewart (August 2004), Stewart claimed that she reorganized the work being done by the union’s staff to save the members money. Above: Molly Carroll, Chicago Teachers Union “Member Services Coordinator”, served as a field rep until being promoted by Marilyn Stewart. Carroll’s total compensation package (which includes salary, pension annuity, car allowance, cell phone, and expenses) totals between $180,000 and $200,000 per year. The Stewart administration refuses to provide the union's members with a complete listing of all compensation for its senior staff, but one of the pieces of the pay and benefits package Stewart reportedly provided to her senior staff includes a 21 percent annuity — on top of the pension CTU pays into teachers on leave (like Carroll). The annuity had been taken away by former President Deborah Lynch, who charged that it amounted to double dipping (because teachers on leave are already having their pension payments taken care of). Carroll is shown at a Board of Education meeting on February 26, 2006. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

She said that expensive “directors” had been replaced by more efficient “coordinators.” She also said she was going to increase the number of field reps to serve the members and enforce the contract. She actually expanded “coordinators.” It appears that CTU is in violation of its own union contract with the Teamster local (743) that represents field reps. “Coordinators” have been reported doing rep work as late as Substance deadline. The Teamsters are pursuing a complaint that might be a grievance. 



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