Next 'Members First' meeting scheduled as CTU members' outrage over current leadership's sellouts grows...Meeting on July 26 at noon at the Pompei Restaurant on Taylor St...

The teachers union group calling itself "Members First" has scheduled a summer meeting at Pompei Restaurant, located at 1531 W. Taylor Street, on Wednesday, July 26 at 12:00 noon. Members First leaders will be sharing information they received from meetings they requested, and which then took place, with CTU Vice President Jesse Sharky and Carmen Curet, Executive Director of the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation, and her "team." The formation of committees will also be on the agenda. All CTU members are welcome to attend. The next meeting of the Members First group will be held at the Pompei Restaurant, 1531 W. Taylor St, Chicago, on July 26, 2017 at noon.


July 27, 2017 at 7:25 AM

By: JoAnne Cairo

Members First meeting exposes CORE hypocrisy...

I went to the Members First meeting today. It was such a positive experience to be in a room with other CTU members who would not stab you in the back. To learn that CTU has spent a lot of MONEY,since they sold the Fewkes Tower -- but that CTU office records are in such disorder they can't find the information (or say they can't).

We also learn that Carmen Curet from the "CTU Foundation" is separate from the CTU.

That the CTU has rented the 3rd and 2nd floors of the Carroll St. building, but if the CTU screws up the CTU Foundation can kick them out on the street.

That the CTU gave the DuSable Museum a $250.000. donation.

That the Angela Davis fundraiser is not for the members but for corperate individuals-- basically big money people.

The nice thing about this meeting no one was up telling lies The things that were being said were the truth -- and no one had a knife to stab you.

August 1, 2017 at 10:31 AM

By: Therese Boyle

CTUF's Carroll St Building

Actually CTUF has rented the 3rd floor of Carroll St. to CTU and rented the 2nd floor to other groups. I believe CTUF anticipates bringing in a total of $2 million in income from the rental of the 2nd and 3rd floors.

August 2, 2017 at 12:11 PM

By: Edward F Hershey

Donation to DuSable Museum -- is that a scandal?

1. The donation is substantial, but not huge

2. DuSable Museum is. . . an educational institution in the City of Chicago. . . it was last I checked

3. Pat Knazze is on the Board. . .and?

4. Members First lost me on this one -- where's the smoke, much less the fire?

August 2, 2017 at 11:19 PM

By: Therese Boyle

DuSable Donation

Ed is correct. Members First met with CTUF and asked if the donations to DuSable and other nonprofits could present as a direct or indirect conflict of interest when employees of CTU or those with close relationships to CTU leadership sat on the board of a foundation that received CTUF money. I had been reading about nonprofits to get a better sense of how they operated ( and read about conflict of interest. The executive director of CTUF explained that it is common, accepted, and perfectly legal in the world of nonprofits to donate to people you know and like. Similarly, when I asked about a gift policy as it related to the free tickets CTUF/CTU employees received to the DuSable Gala, the director explained this is common practice as well. No smoke. No fire. The four directors of CTUF can grant money to the nonprofits that appeal to them.

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