Report on the November 2019 meeting of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates

Salary schedules, sick days, strike make-up days, and the vote on the tentative agreement were discussed during the November 12, 2019, meeting of the Chicago Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates. The meeting started on . . .

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Media Watch: Sickening outrage in Chicago Sun-Times editorial regarding policy it says "make sense"

The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board was so outraged about the CTU contract's provision regarding teachers banking unused sick days that it called teachers "pathetic."

Other rhetorical delights — by editorial page editor Tom McNamee . . .

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Stories about Substance editor George N. Schmidt on Oct. 2018 Substance homepage

Dozens of stories about editor George N. Schmidt, who died on Sept. 17, 2018, are published on the October 2018 Substance News homepage. Stories about George’s personal life appear on the left column of . . .

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House of Delegates votes to suspend strike

In order to vote on the tentative agreement, another special meeting of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates was called on October 30, 2019. The meeting started about 6:04 p.m. This special meeting was . . .

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Strike ends! Was it a win for teachers?

[The following story was first published on Jim Vail's website Second City Teachers, which may be accessed here.]

The Chicago Teachers Strike finally came to a crashing end after a historic 11-day walkout, . . .

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Report of CTU's special meeting of the House of Delegates

A special meeting of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates was called on October 29, 2019, to update the membership on the status of negotiations. It started at 6:19 p.m. CTU officers Christel Williams . . .

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Reality check from an Chicago high school English teacher who works tirelessly and deserves every penny paid

[Editor's note: This excellent piece was originally published on Facebook and is used here with Neha Jotwani's permission. Any other union members are welcome to submit their writing to Substance. Email me at sharongriffinschmidt@gmail.com or . . .

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Neha Patel Jotwani (right) with colleagues from Back of the Yards College Prep High School. Facebook photo

Are You My Mayor?

Lindblom, Back of the Yards, Kim Walls and a delegate named Yvette McCaskill put together a TIF action today which included a reading of "Are You My Mayor." It was splendid. A video by Danya . . .

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In the style of P. D. Eastman, a young Chicago public school student asks,

Report on the special, emergency meeting of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates on October 16, 2019

The pre-meeting Question and Answer period began at 4:15 p.m. I was outside the CTU building for the entire time of the pre-meeting Question and Answer period tending to other duties and was not present . . .

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CTU on strike

More than the pending strike happening in Chicago: Theater in the Parks festival on Oct. 14

My group Generations from the Goodman is participating in the Theater in Our Parks Festival. We our doing a performance on Gun Violence. There will be workshops starting at 10 a.m. at The Theater on . . .

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Report on the meeting of the CTU House of Delegates on October 2, 2019

The pre-meeting Question and Answer period began at 4:15 p.m A delegate said that classes were overfull, especially Special Ed classes. He has gone through the school’s PPC and gotten nowhere and has subsequently filed . . .

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Missing George with many

On the one-year anniversary of George’s death this year, I didn’t cry. I was too busy teaching freshmen and juniors at Steinmetz High School, interviewing people for my story about the Chicago student climate strike . . .

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CTU sets strike date – Oct. 17

RESOLVED, a strike by members of the Chicago Teachers Union shall commence at 12:01 a.m. on October 17, 2019, if no tentative agreement has then been achieved. The strike shall be limited to all unresolved . . .

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Steinmetz High School CTU members on strike in 2012. In late Sept. 2019, at Steinmetz and throughout Chicago, active union members voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.

Teacher preps threat a ploy to get us nothing?

[Jim's report was originally published at his blog, Second City Teachers.]

Several teachers have been wondering if the city´s demand that principals direct two of the four teacher-directed prep periods - to plan . . .

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CTU delegates urge members to vote yes on strike authorization

In hopes for a strong "yes" vote on Sept. 24 - Sept. 26, I sent the following email to the union members, following our afterschool meeting on Sept. 11.

CTU Brothers and Sisters,
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CTU delegate Gina Szulkowski (left) on the picket line in 2012 at Steinmetz High School.

Students to strike over climate crisis on Friday, Sept. 20; protest rally begins at 11 a.m. in Grant Park

Hundreds of Chicago public school students will join an international school strike to raise awareness of the climate crisis on Friday, Sept. 20. They'll meet at Grant Park at 11 a.m. at the intersection of . . .

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Facebook graphic from Loyola University student Violet Gomez' page. She is gathering a small group at Columbia College, 600 S. Michigan, at 10 a.m., prior to joining the larger Grant Park rally at 11.
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Strike authorization vote set at September meeting of the CTU House of Delegates

While many topics were addressed at the Sept. 4, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) House of Delegates meeting, the strike authorization vote was most important. In his report, President Jesse Sharkey stressed the need for a . . .

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CTU officers, active members and retirees rallied at an Aug. 20 meeting. Photo by Howard Heath

Parents 4 Teachers expresses solidarity with CTU in contract fight

I spoke at the CTU members meeting and rally on August 20 on behalf of ParentsFor Teachers to express solidarity with teachers in their contract fight. Here is what I said:

My name is . . .

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Julie Dworkin speaks at the Aug. 20, 2019, CTU meeting. Community organizer Jay Travis and CTU Recording Secretary Christl Hayes also spoke at the meeting.