Does the plan for a one-day CTU 'strike' on May 1 including a strike against the Special Olympics?... Or did somebody just fail to look at the calendar after the Polar Plunge was ended...
Is it possible that the leaders of the CTU did not look at the Special Olympics 2017 schedule when announcing a one-day "strike" for May 1, 2017? In the rush to have some sort of display of discontentment, the Chicago Teachers Union has decided to look into having a one day strike on Monday, May 1, 2017. They felt they would show how left wing they are by using the International May Day celebration and holiday in many parts of the world to have a show of force.
The announcement of the plan, which came before the March 8 meeting of the union's House of Delegates which was supposed to discuss a plan to discuss the May 1 one-day "strike" in all the city's schools, caused union delegates and other rank and file members to scratch their heads and wonder why.
At the House of Delegates meeting, CTU leadership got a lot of push back from delegates. The leadership orchestrated a House of Delegates vote to defer the actual decision to have the ‘one day strike’ vote by the House of Delegates at the HOD's April meeting.
One of the ironies of the meeting, according to many delegates, was that in the leadership report by Financial Secretary Maria Moreno as great deal was made about the CTU's participation in the annual "Polar Plunge." The Polar Plunge raises money for the Special Olympics. But Moreno apparently didn't consult the Special Olympics calendar further: In their rush to have this supposed show of force, the CTU leadership did not even bother to look at how it could affect CPS students.
I received a message that a clinician got from parents of a student. They said that May 1st is going to be one of the days that the Chicago area is going to have the Spring Special Olympics Games, and the parents knew their child would be disappointed when the CTU did another one-day "strike".
Athletes know these things. The special needs children are getting ready for these games and it is a big deal for them.
On Friday, April 28th, there will be an Opening Ceremony scheduled at Soldiers’ Field, with the games being held at Eckersall Stadium during the week starting on Monday, May 1st.
How did the CTU leadership not know that their planned day of action might interfere with this? This can impact the relationship with some of the most vocal and politically savvy parents’- special education parents. They are involved in the CTU Special Education Task Force which meets monthly at the CTU Offices.
Obviously they are willing to give Claypool and the Board ammunition to tell the public how CTU does not think of the welfare of CPS students. This is not a smart move!