CTU leadership's betrayal of unionism goes deep, including directing the union's field reps to hob nob with principals against delegates and the 'rank and file'...

As attendance at the meetings of the Chicago Teachers Union's House of Delegates continues to drop, one of the main reasons why delegates are either leaving as soon as they arrive or boycotting the meetings . . .

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Vacant CPS buildings, once schools, testify to the betrayal of Chicago by Barbara Byrd Bennett four years after she ordered the closing of 50 of the city's schools, highest in American history... CPS Criminal Conduct Update, Claypool now the Lawbreaker...

Four years after former Chicago public schools "Chief Executive Officer" Barbara Byrd Bennett ordered the closing of 50 of the city's real public schools, many of them still sit vacant with gaping openings for miscreants . . .

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Anyone driving past the vacant building at 39th and Dearborn in Chicago on April 21, 2017 would notice that the building was open to the elements and to anyone who wanted to invade the building. But since the building was closed by Chicago Public Schools in 2013, even the sign that once read

HISTORY LESSON III: Chicago Teachers Union leaders not only supported Barbara Byrd Bennett, but also praised the patronage imports from out of town who became the cabinet and enablers of 'BBB'...

As of May 8, 2017, the president and other officers of the Chicago Teachers Union still have not explained what CTU president Karen Lewis and two others were doing in federal court in support of . . .

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One of the many cronies brought to Chicago by Barbara Byrd Bennett as soon as Byrd Bennett got the top job was Tracy Martin Thompson, above right. Martin Thompson, who had no Chicago experience nor Illinois teacher certification, was touted as a

Chicago Metro seniors April meeting of Chicago Metro Retirees worries about Climate Change and Trump policies...

There is growing concern with issues of climate change and protection of our environment among the Illinois Alliance for Retired People who met in April. Alarm bells are going off daily with regulations against pollution . . .

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One of the speakers at the Metro Seniors April 2017 meeting. Substance photo by Jean Schwab.

HISTORY LESSON II: American Federation of Teachers gave support to Barbara Byrd Bennett long before Karen Lewis joined up to back BBB... AFT pushed so-called 'innovation' -- which meant Common Core and other reforms pushed by Gates and Broad...

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen's Lewis's current support of Barbara Byrd Bennett is in line with American Federation of Teachers (AFT) history. Below is just one detail revealing a closeness between BBB and the AFT. . . .

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Promoting what they called

Debate flares over Chicago Teachers Union leadership as Lewis explains (sort of) her support for Barbara Byrd Bennett while failing to provide support for the union's local leaders...

Some might say it was a long time coming, but the debate within the Chicago Teachers Union over the priorities of the union leadership began flaring into the open around May Day 2017 after CTU . . .

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Chicago Board of Education meeting of April 26, 2017...

The regular monthly meeting of the Chicago Board of Education took place at the Board's Loop headquarters during the working day on April 26, 2017, beginning at ten thirty in the morning. Two of the . . .

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Flanked by the latest group of people he appointed to head Chicago's public schools, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on April 28, 2017 that the city's schools would not be closing on June 1, despite months of claims by CPS officials that there was no money to keep the schools open after that date. Left to right above: Board President Frank Clark (a former Commonwealth Edison executive who headed the committee that orchestrated the closing of 50 schools in 2013); Emanuel;

May Day 2017! False Flags Flying: Fake unions planned Faux Mayday...Sellout union leaders in NEA and AFT have long pushed false May Day events and a version of history designed to mislead working women and men..

By the time May 1, 2017 arrived to the world, more people than ever were noticing how the leaders of the labor unions, especially in the USA, were trying to utilize the holiday to divert . . .

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American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten (above left) worked to ignore the militant history of the unions in the Pacific Northwest during the time the AFT met for its convention in Seattle in July 2010. Instead of celebrating the class struggle history of the region, Weingarten and the AFT leadership gave a prime speaking spot to Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, while ordering loyal locals to chant, cheer and drown out protests against Gates and what he stands for. At the time, unknown to most AFT delegates, Gates was providing money to union locals in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Colorado in an attempt to divide and conquer the rank and file via methods of teacher evaluation that utilized discredited scores on so-called

BOOK REVIEW: Building Labor Solidarity... 'a well-written and pleasantly eclectic mix of some of the brightest and most passionate thinkers today on the subject of global labor solidarity...'

[Editor's Note: The following is a review of Kim Scipes's latest book, Building Labor Solidarity... and is printed here at Substance with permission. Review: Building Labor Solidarity in a Time of Accelerating Globalization, reviewed by . . .

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The book is available from the non-union Amazon and other places.

HISTORY LESSON: Cleveland investigation and then a Substance report showed Barbara Byrd Bennett's history of corruption had been exposed in Cleveland long before the 'scandal' of the $20 million no-bid SUPES deal became Chicago 'news'...

[Editor's Note: The April 28 sentencing of Barbara Byrd Bennett to four and a half years in federal prison for corruption while she reigned as "Chief Executive Officer " of Chicago's public schools reminded the . . .

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The main question never answered in Chicago was how and why Rahm Emanuel hired Barbara Byrd Bennett in the first place. As Substance reported in detail over the years of Byrd Bennett's scandal-plagued regime, she was hired out of Detroit by Emanuel as a consultant in March 2012. She was hired by Emanuel for reasons that were never made clear. Under Emanuel's patronage, she quickly became

'Schools will remain open until June 20...' Claypool states after judge calls his bluff by rejecting discrimination claim against State of Illinois...

Within hours after a state court rejected the claim by the Chicago Board of Education that the State of Illinois was discriminating against CPS because of "racism," Chief Executive Officer Forrest Claypool sent a message . . .

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Chutzpah is the only word for Byrd Bennett's claim for a lighter sentence so she can go back to 'helping children'... but the support she received from the union(s) in New York, Cleveland and Chicago has yet to be analyzed!....

Former Chicago Public Schools "Chief Executive Officer" Barbara Byrd Bennett will be in federal court on Friday April 28, 2017, to hear the sentence she will serve because she admitted to federal fraud charges in . . .

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Barbara Byrd Bennett at the April 2015 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

Barbara Byrd Bennett gets four and a half years in federal prison in CPS corruption case... CTU officials mum on major example of budget finagling...

While at least one major Chicago Teachers Union official and many others sat in the courtroom of the Dirksen federal building in Chicago, a federal judge sentenced former Chicago Public Schools "Chief Executive Officer" Barbara . . .

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Barbara Byrd Bennett leaving federal court on April 28, 2017 following her sentencing in the

BOARDWATCH: April 26, 2017 meeting of the Chicago Board of Education...

The Chicago Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at its headquarters on Madison Street between State and Dearborn. Two Power Point presentations took place -- presenting a simplified . . .

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Only five of the seven members of the Chicago Board of Education were present at the April 26, 2017 meeting of the Board. Above, Arnie Rivera, Frank Clark, Gail Ward, and Rev. Michael Baranzini. Absent April 26 were Mark Furlong and Mahalia Hines.

CORE leadership misses its own non-meeting 'meeting' on April 25 at Letter Carriers union hall... Discussion held despite failure of leaders to show up...

Things became stranger and stranger within the Caucus Of Rank and file Educators (CORE) on "meeting" day, April 25, 2017. Three regional CORE events, instead of one CORE meeting, were once again scheduled, despite growing . . .

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Once the militant rank and file leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union, CORE degenerated into a one-party dictatorship under CTU president Karen Lewis after being re-elected without opposition in the 2016 union election. Part of the problem now facing the CTU rank and file is that the CORE Steering Committee is refusing to hold meetings or allow the caucus's member to vote on resolutions that may oppose the policies and proposals of Karen Lewis and CTU vice president Jesse Sharkey. CORE failed to hold its monthly meetings in both March and April 2017 for the first time since the caucus was organized in 2009. The reasons was that

Faux May Day and historical revisionism are part of a long tradition of duplicity in AFT... UFT has always censored words the leadership didn't like...

I read Rich Gibson’s April 23, 2017 Substance analysis “May Day... False Flags Flying: Fake unions plan Faux Mayday” with great interest and gratitude. Rich offers words in the long Substance tradition—information. In Chicago, of . . .

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During his years as president, first of New York's United Federation of Teachers (Local 2, AFT) and then as president of the American Federation of Teachers, Albert Shanker always made sure that the information and analysis provided to the union's more than one million national members was heavily censored. Following Shanker to the helm of the AFT, Sandra Feldman continued that tradition.

May Day... False Flags Flying: Fake unions plan Faux Mayday...

The National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, and other union bosses are about to sully the celebration of Mayday, an international radical, usually revolutionary, workers’ holiday. The unions' top officials plan a series of . . .

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The leaflet announcing the Haymarket rally in response to the murder of striking McCormick workers was published in English and German, the two main languages of the Chicago working class in the late 19th and early 20th Century. Although the person who threw the bomb that exploded during the rally was never found, the Chicago ruling class tried eight of the leaders of Chicago's workers and executed three of them by hanging, not for the bombing, which they were never proved to have done, but for having organized the rally itself.

Chicago Teachers Union field rep exposes latest expensive corruption in Claypool administration

Chicago Teachers Unon field representative Joseph McDermott have uncovered that latest Claypool corruption, malfeasance, harassment and coercion against the members of the CTU, and the expose has now been aired on the WTTW Chicago Tonight. . . .

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Chicago Public Schools

Rally in support of Sarah Chambers brings 200 people to Southwest Side school...

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, students, teachers and parents rallied in support of Sarah Chambers, who has been removed as a teacher at Saucedo elementary school. Various sources cited the number of people at the . . .

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Young students are learning to become activists -- and to place special education cuts in a dramatic historical context -- as part of the protests on behalf of Sarah Chambers.

BOOK REVIEW: Historical analysis of American white supremacy shows how Black subjugation in America developed and is maintained, noting that slavery was central to the development of world capitalism...

Books reviewed: Theodore W. Allen, The Invention of the White Race. London and New York: Verso, 2012.... Edward E. Bishop, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. New York: . . .

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