Vitale sees Red and other tales of terror... CPS cuts teachers and other strikers off major email and other communications places... More proof that CPS is trying to bust not only the union, but the public schools?
One of the jokes at Substance is that anyone in the growing CPS Office of Communications who provides any information to Substance — even in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request — loses a finger for each violation. It's very primitive at City Hall and CPS under the Reign of Rahm. The most dramatic and silly example on September 11, the second day of the strike, was when David Vitale, the Board of Education's multi-millionaire President, went nuts on TV (Fox News) about ALL THOSE PEOPLE WEARING RED AND GOING TO HAVE FUN! We are excluded now from most of Vitale's media events, at least if those $100,000 Propaganda Hacks in Becky Carroll's office can figure out how to do it, so we missed the live iteration of that one.
Meanwhile, the illegalities pile up.
By the second day of the strike, CPS officials had cut off every striker (and lots of others, too) from the Board of Education's email system (FIRST CLASS) and many other cyber places. This included People Soft, the expensive outsourcing place for payroll information.
All of that is probably illegal.
Every teacher worked through September 7. The strike began September 10. The next paycheck won't come out for two weeks — unless CPS has already decided to steal that like they stole the four percent raise in June 2011.