All articles by Dr. John Kugler

Juneteenth -- Freedom Day

We are teachers who should be teaching everyday through our actions and our knowledge ... George Schmidt always reminded us of the importance of history in juxtaposition with modernity and progressive thought. Substance News will . . .

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Chicago Amazon workers stage a wildcat strike on Chicago’s southside

Amazon workers learned that two employees tested positive for COVID-19 yet Amazon refuses to shut down the warehouse and do a deep cleaning. Amazon Distribution Workers at 28th and Western on Chicago’s Southside staged a . . .

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‘DON'T WANT TO DIE FOR FRIES, McDonald’s workers walk out

In another wildcat strike against working conditions during the COVID-19 Pandemic his time McDonald's workers in California are sounding the alarm after one of their co-workers tested positive for the virus. The same story is . . .

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Chicago Transit Authority workers COVID-19 infected

Many of the front line workers in our country are not getting tested, don't have the proper PPE or have their equipment cleaned after their shift ends endangering their lives and families. In Detroit Jason . . .

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The Plan Is to Save Capital and Let the People Die

In the hysteria regarding the COVID-19 infections, we're not hearing of a plan of how to make sure we protect the workers of our country from the economic and health consequences of the global pandemic. . . .

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Job training needed in Chicago — interview with Ald. Sue Sadlowski Garza (10), Chicago City Council

The following is a discussion with 10th Ward Alderwoman Sue Garza we had in February 2019 at the Chicago Teachers Union headquarters. Jobs for students and other youth, as well as all adults in need . . .

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What veterans need — Interview with U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth

Substance interviewed U.S.Senator Tammy Duckworth from Illinois during the Association for Career and Technical Education National Policy Seminar in Washington DC on March 27, 2019.

Substance: Thank you for meeting with us Senator Duckworth. . . .

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Crony principal of Calmeca elementary school removed

Principal Nancy Paulette of Calmeca Academy in Brighton Park in the neighborhood on the southside of Chicago was removed before Spring Break. She messed with staff, students and parents and is hopefully out permanently this . . .

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Substance interview with Therese Boyle, Members First caucus candidate for Chicago Teachers Union president

Substance posed questions to the candidates running for CTU president, challenger Therese Boyle from Members First and incumbant Jesse Sharkey of the CORE caucus. Boyle's responses follow; Sharkey has not yet replied.

What is . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union failed to pay staff pension payments in 2018 and 2017

In an accidental investigation of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) finances, Substance News has uncovered through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that pension payments to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) for CTU staff . . .

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Unionized field reps at Chicago Teachers Union win labor relations decision over CTU

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled against the Chicago Teachers Union on December 12, 2018, for violating the rights of union staff working at the CTU offices. Field Representatives who enforce the contract for . . .

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