The July 2017 Issue of Substance

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Labor analysis... The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: A Lifetime with Labor By Vincent Emanuele...

[Editor's Introduction: The following is the first of several articles we will be publishing this summer in Substance. It was originally published in Class, Race and Corporate Power (July 2017) as part of a special . . .


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 . . .


Chicago Teachers Union files federal lawsuit on behalf of Sarah Chambers, 'special ed whistleblower'...

The Chicago Teachers Union has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of teacher Sarah Chambers, who was fired by Chicago Public Schools following her years of advocacy on behalf of special education students and for . . .


MEDIA WATCH: John Kass's puerile attacks on Illinois budget deal undermines his history as an anti-union and anti-public schools scab...

On July 7, 2017, several friends of ours noted with outrage the (generally false) claims by some pundits that the deal which finally gave Illinois a budget was a bad one for working people. One . . .


Chicago Metro Retirees briefed on legislative agenda...

The Chicago Metro Retirees met June 26, 2017, to discuss the June 17th Intergen Retreat. According to everyone, the retreat was a success. I personally can attest that attendance was great since I tried to . . .


Corporate media push for 'pension reform' as part of attack on teachers in Chicago's real public schools...

As Illinois entered its third year without a state budget and the prospect of the state becoming the first ever to have its bond ratings reduced to "junk" status, corporate media in Chicago continued to . . .


Salary analysis shows how much CTU members lost under the latest contracts...Nick Lang’s Members First April 26 CTU salary slide presentation: How the 2012 and 2016 contracts diminish our pay over time...

Before the group began officially calling itself Members First, meetings of concerned Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) members were held during the 2016-2017 school year to discuss and analyze how badly the members were faring under . . .


NEA RA continues the con game policies of its very very well-paid leadership...'All That is Pretense Dissolves into Delusions: The NEA Representative Assembly 2017'...

The 'Representative Assembly' (RA) of the National Education Association (NEA) met during the first week of July 2017, over the Fourth of July as usual. Thousands of elected delegates from across the USA and territories . . .


National Education Association comes out against the 'failed experiment' of charter schools...

One of the most important resolutions approved at the annual Representative Assembly of the National Education Association (NEA) brings the organization, the larger of the nation's two teacher unions, out against the further expansion of . . .


South Loop school plans show that Jim Crow is business-as-usual in Chicago's public schools...

The President of the Chicago Board of Education no longer shouts "Get those communists out of here now!" as police beat protesters during Board meetings, and the Board is now rather diverse, as are top . . .


BOARDWATCH: Protests ignored by Chicago Board of Education at its final meeting of the 2016 - 2017 school year...

Protests both inside and outside the Chicago Board of Education's Loop headquarters didn't stop the seven members of the Board from approving the agenda that was placed in front of them at the Board's final . . .


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