[ Union History 2008 ] How union solidarity saved one teacher's job

“March 11, 2008. Dear Mr. Bennett: Based on the results of the investigatory conference held on February 13, 2008, I have determined that sufficient basis exists to terminate your services as a probationary appointed teacher . . .

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🙏 Linda Murray Rest in Power - AP Hyde Park Academy High School (6/5/21)

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PHASE 5: ILLINOIS RESTORED

Here's a breakdown of what's next, according to the state:
Upon entering Phase 5, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, . . .

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PHASE 5: ILLINOIS RESTORED
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<br />WHAT THIS PHASE LOOKS LIKE
<br />Testing, tracing and treatment are widely available throughout the state. Either a vaccine is developed to prevent additional spread of COVID-19, a treatment option is readily available that ensures health care capacity is no longer a concern, or there are no new cases over a sustained period. All sectors of the economy reopen with new health and hygiene practices permanently in place. Large gatherings of all sizes can resume. Public health experts focus on lessons learned and building out the public health infrastructure needed to meet and overcome future challenges. Heath care equity is made a priority to improve health outcomes and ensure vulnerable communities receive the quality care they deserve.
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<br />Phase 5
<br />WHAT’S OPEN?
<br />All sectors of the economy reopen with businesses, schools, and recreation resuming normal operations with new safety guidance and procedures.
<br />Conventions, festivals, and large events can take place.
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[ Union History 2008 ] Practical solidarity in action ... What does 'Union' mean?

[ Union History 2008 ] Practical solidarity in action ... What does 'Union' mean?

John Kugler - June 10, 2008
Facebook @SubXNews

Unionism is a new word in my vocabulary and in . . .

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[ Photo ] One group of teachers from the “small schools” at Orr will not be fired this month. At the end of the 2006-2007 school year, Arne Duncan moved the “Phoenix Military Academy” from Orr to the Grant School “campus” near Adams and Western Ave. (above). Mayor Daley protected his military program from the program he was preparing for the rest of Orr. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

[ Last Minute Legislation ] Illinois Lawmakers Pass Budget, Ethics Reforms As Exelon Bailout Falters

Illinois Lawmakers Pass Budget, Ethics Reforms As Exelon Bailout Falters

By Tony Arnold, Dave McKinney
Tuesday, June 1, 4:02 a.m. CTUpdated 8:23 a.m. CT

https://www.wbez.org/stories/illinois-lawmakers-pass-budget-ethics-reforms-as-exelon-bailout-falters/e34ac939-7067-4e89-b381-0ab3323f79f6

Aiming to conclude their spring legislative . . .

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Springfield, IL (pic by John Kugler)

[ Late Night Legislation ] Elected School Board and Guns

More wreckage
Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021
by capitolfax.com

* WBEZ

Other issues that failed to take flight included the repeal of a parental notification abortion law, a fix to major delays . . .

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51st Annual McKinley Park Memorial Day Parade 2021 - American Legion William McKinley Post #231 Chicago

51st Annual McKinley Park Memorial Day Parade 2021

American Legion William McKinley Post #231 Chicago

pics by Emi Yamamoto

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day[1]) is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in . . .

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51st Annual McKinley Park Memorial Day Parade 2021 - American Legion William McKinley Post #231 Chicago

51st Annual McKinley Park Memorial Day Parade 2021
American Legion William McKinley Post #231 Chicago
pics by Emi Yamamoto


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[ Closed School Sold for $1 ] Public Building Commission of Chicago sale of property at 9207 S Phillips Ave to Chicago Youth Centers for use as early childhood, after school, summer and community center

This is how gentrification works.



Buckingham ES public school closed May 23, 2013, with 100% special education students, 97% Black students, and 97% low-income students. The Chicago Public Schools closed the neighborhood special education . . .

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Intergovernmental agreement with Chicago Board of Education and Public Building Commission to acquire 9207 S Phillips Ave to facilitate conditioned sale to Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) for development as early childhood, after school, summer and community programs center Committee on Housing and Real Estate (passed 5/26/21)

[ Unions a Fundamental Right ] Illinois General Assembly adopted in both houses 5/26/21 a resolution for a state constitutional amendment

Illinois General Assembly adopted in both houses 5/26/21 a resolution for a state constitutional amendment, the consequences of which are hard to overstate. It would vastly expand union power, permanently, particularly public-sector unions. Since the . . .

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Last Action
<br />Date	Chamber Action
<br />5/26/2021
<br />Senate
<br />Adopted Both Houses
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<br />ILCON Art. I, Sec. 25 new 
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<br />Synopsis As Introduced
<br />Proposes to amend the Bill of Rights Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that employees shall have the fundamental right to organize and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing for the purpose of negotiating wages, hours, and working conditions, and to protect their economic welfare and safety at work. Provides that no law shall be passed that interferes with, negates, or diminishes the right of employees to organize and bargain collectively over their wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment and work place safety, including any law or ordinance that prohibits the execution or application of agreements between employers and labor organizations that represent employees requiring membership in an organization as a condition of employment. Provides that these provisions are controlling over home rule powers. Effective upon being declared adopted.
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Chicago Teachers Union contract minus Teacher Salary Tables

The Chicago Teachers Union has made the contract with the Chicago Board of Education available online. The contract pdf does not include Teacher Salary Tables which readers are directed to see at another online internet . . .

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[ Internal Teacher Union Politics ] Retiree Delegate Election Shows Members First Gaining Ground

In the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) retiree delegates election - Members First defeated Core to gain five seats at the House of Delegates monthly meetings.

Similar to the recent Chicago Teachers Pension Fund election . . .

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John Lewis was the top vote-getter
<br />in the recent CTU retiree delegate election

Rally at Haymarket Square

Rally at Haymarket Square

The rally began peacefully under a light rain on the evening of May 4. August Spies, Albert Parsons, and Samuel Fielden spoke to a crowd estimated variously between 600 and . . .

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1886 engraving was the most widely reproduced image of the Haymarket massacre. It shows Methodist pastor Samuel Fielden speaking, the bomb exploding, and the riot beginning simultaneously; in reality, Fielden had finished speaking before the explosion.

"Prepare for the Stormy Times Before Us"

"Prepare for the Stormy Times Before Us"

Chicago's Haymarket affair
May 4, 1886 https://publish.illinois.edu

On Tuesday, May 4, 1886, at 7:30 PM, around 1,500 workers gathered on Desplaines Street in Chicago between Lake . . .

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Illustration of the rally, and approaching police, in Haymarket Square the evening of May 4, 1886.

Haymarket Massacre 1886

On May 3, striking workers in Chicago met near the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company plant. Union molders at the plant had been locked out since early February and the predominantly Irish-American workers at McCormick had . . .

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Flier calling for a rally in the Haymarket on May 4.

May Day 2021



The Brief Origins of May Day

By Eric Chase - 1993
https://archive.iww.org/history/library/misc/origins_of_mayday/

Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers' Day of May Day. For . . .

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The Workers’ Maypole (1894)

Radical Object: Walter Crane’s The Workers’ Maypole (1894)

By Laura C. Forster on May 1, 2020 in Radical Objects
https://www.historyworkshop.org.uk/radical-object-walter-cranes-the-workers-maypole-1894/


First published in 1894 in Justice, Walter Crane’s The Workers’ Maypole . . .

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 First published in 1894 in Justice, Walter Crane’s The Workers’ Maypole declares ‘the cause of labour is the hope of the world’. Born in Liverpool in 1845, Walter Crane was a prolific illustrator associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, and his creations are some of the most enduring visual imaginings of the British socialist movement. The Workers’ Maypole calls for ‘solidarity’ and ‘humanity’, ‘employers’ liability’, ‘eight hours’ and ‘no starving children’. In the centre of the scene Crane’s beflowered May queen welcomes the toilers of the world and carries their banners high. Powerful yet whimsical, The Workers Maypole brings together English folk tradition and the demands of the international labour movement.

U.S. Department of Education Speaks

Our new boss at the U.S. Department of Education recently released

Volume 2—2021 ED COVOID-19 HANDBOOK Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students’ Needs





Roadmap to Reopening Safely and . . .

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Volume 2—2021
<br />ED COVOID-19 HANDBOOK
<br />Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students’ Needs

[ Former CPS CAO Arrested ] Broward superintendent and school district’s top lawyer to hear charges in court in May

Broward superintendent and school district’s top lawyer to hear charges in court in May

David Goodhue & Samantha Gross @ miamiherald.com
April 22, 2021 02:45 PM, Updated April 22, 2021 03:01 PM
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Broward Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, left, and the ​Broward​ School Board’s general counsel, Barbara Myrick, right, were arrested Wednesday. Runcie has been charged with one count of perjury stemming from his grand-jury testimony related to school safety funding. Myrick has been charged with one count of unlawful disclosure of statewide grand jury proceedings. (pic from www.miamiherald.com)