Dr. John Kugler editing Substance

Long-time reporter John Kugler is now editing Substance.

Substance, both as a subscription-paid, monthly for nearly 40 years and as an online news service, was founded by teacher and union activist George N. . . .

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Substance editor John Kugler

Twin Cities Labor Mobilizes Against George Floyd Murder

The organized labor movement has begun swinging into action to support protests against the racist police murder of Minneapolis resident George Floyd.

Floyd was filmed being suffocated to death under the knee of police . . .

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With tension in the air in the Twin Cities, local labor groups have stepped up to assist the protests while attempting to protect communities. Photo: Union Members for #Justice4GeorgeFloyd

The police abuses the press. Again.

[The following was published by 'The Media Today' by the Columbia Journalism Review.]

On Friday night—as mass protests sparked by the deaths of George Floyd, in Minneapolis, and Black Americans in Kentucky, Georgia, and . . .

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Police fire pepper bullets at a reporter in Louisville on May 29. Twitter video screenshot

How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change Barack

How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change

Barack Obama - Jun 1 2020

As millions of people across the country take to the streets and raise their voices in . . .

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Photo by Xena Goldman

Stories about Substance founder and long-time editor George N. Schmidt on October 2018 Substance homepage

Dozens of stories about Substance founder 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 . . .

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The Pandemic is Driving America's Schools Toward A Financial Meltdown

Good Peace by WBEZ here in Chicago about the looming budget issues that might be coming towards Public Schools in our city. other localities and activist groups are already gearing up for these budget and . . .

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We honor those who have fallen in service ....

We honor the servicemen and women who have sacrificed their lives in the service of our country ... thank you ....


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Memorial Day 2020 .. we honor those who died in service our country

Harvard sued over 'subpar' online learning amid pandemic

Harvard sued over 'subpar' online learning amid pandemic ... Harvard has joined the list of universities facing legal charges for refusal to refund tuition ... the university’s handling of the pandemic has not satisfied . . .

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On Wednesday 5/20/2020, students sued Harvard University for not refunding tuition and fees after the coronavirus pandemic forced classes online.

Media Watch: Chicago Sun-Times doesn't use word "union" in its story's background of janitorial privatization

"CPS ditching Aramark, Sodexo for facilities management after one more contract renewal"

District officials are extending contracts one year to give themselves time to come up with an alternative to maintain buildings.

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May 2020 Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates meets on Zoom

Because of the COVID 19 pandemic, the May 6, 2020, HOD meeting was held by video conference. As this was the first time the CTU did this, there was no official voting on items or . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union affiliations include the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL), the Illinois State Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (ISFL-CIO), the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT), and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

Chicago Teachers Union v. DeVos et al Case No. 20-cv-02958

... Chicago Teachers Union has filed a federal lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, claiming teachers now face an “impossible burden” to revise these plans for remote . . .

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The United States District Court for the District of Illinois was established by a statute passed by the United States Congress on March 3, 1819, 3 Stat. 502 ... It is one of the busiest federal trial courts in the nation. Famous cases have included those of Al Capone and the Chicago Eight.

Unfair Labor Practice Charges filed against the Chicago Teachers Union

Recent filings with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) show two Unfair Labor Practices filed against the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) by an employee.
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Case Number: 13-CA-260333


Date Filed: 05/13/2020
https://www.nlrb.gov/case/13-CA-260333 . . .

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The National Labor Relations Board is an independent agency of the federal government of the United States with responsibilities for enforcing U.S. labor law in relation to collective bargaining and unfair labor practices.

Educators on front lines deserve support

Maria DeVito an education activist from the East Coast caught the Board of Finance with their hands in the cookie jar ....

... this is an excuse for cutting into the schools' dollars so . . .

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Stamford's children need a voice. I want to help their community leaders understand how and why proposed budget cuts would devastate their schools.

At least 275,000 teachers in the US face permanent job loss


In an opinion piece Published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) there are predictions of over a quarter of a million be Public Schools staff might lose their jobs because of . . .

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opinion piece Published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) there are predictions of over a quarter of a million be Public Schools staff might lose their jobs because of the covid-19 crisis ... at least 275,000 teachers in the US face permanent job loss as states prepare massive budget cuts ...

Betsy DeVos’s Ideologically-Driven Coronavirus Response Will Hurt Public School Students

In an opinion piece from Forbes by Scott Sargrad lays out the pitfalls of having ideologs running budgets and the problems with cronyism and corruption in the US Department of Education ...

Betsy DeVos’s . . .

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: U.S. President Donald Trump sas Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue look on during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in the press briefing room of the White House on March 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump signed the H.R. 748, the CARES Act on Friday afternoon. Earlier in the day, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the $2 trillion stimulus bill that lawmakers hope will battle the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) GETTY IMAGES

No. 20-cv-2682 TROESCH & NKEMDI vs. CTU & CPS - COMPLAINT (5/4/2020)

... in the tradition of Substance News, we will be posting legal documents in full unedited form. We are not taking one position or another. There is a comment section for you to voice your . . .

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TROESCH & NKEMDI vs. CTU & CPS No. 20-cv-2682

MAY DAY HISTORY: Chicago public school student walkouts helped galvanize March 10, 2006, immigrant rights march in Chicago, a march paved the way for the largest May Day march in Chicago, the city that gave birth to the International Workers' Holiday

The archives of Substance contain part of the untold history of Chicago's public schools and the Chicago Teachers Union. One of the most important moments in that history came in 2006, when two marches for . . .

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The May Day 2006 march and rally in Chicago would not have been built had it not been for the months of planning that had given rise to the March 10, 2006, immigrant rights march (above, as seen from the bridge of Whitney Young High School in Chicago) that was organized by immigrant rights groups, churches, and labor unions under the slogan

Haymarket Books celebrates May Day

The following notice came from Haymarket Books:

May Day, international workers’ day, is a day to honor and celebrate the radical traditions of the working-class movement. In the current crisis, workers across the country . . .

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Stand with striking workers on May Day 2020

The graphics may be all we need today during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Boycott the big box stores and big businesses abusing workers.