Divide and conquer destroying the power of CPS custodial workers as their union retreats after crossing 2012 CTU picket lines... Principals ordered to privatize remaining union custodial workers despite impact of job losses and pay cuts on local communities

Less than two years after their union, Local 73 of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) thought it had curried favor with the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel by signing a contract a month before . . .

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The fourth page of the Power Point given to CPS principals in February 2014 shows how CPS will utilize falsification of history and reality to slander the current remaining unionized custodial workers while forcing the schools to contract with a privatized and non-union company, ARAMARK, for the services. The process is spposed to be completed virtually immediately (

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Save Labor Beat. That's the slogan for this month. Most Substance readers know Labor Beat by the video links that regularly assist Substance articles in bringing out the complete story on Chicago events. Now Labor . . .

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Labor Beat's editing station and some of the shelves of archived labor history footage going back to the 80s. Photo: Labor Beat
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Illinois Federation of Teachers promises to 'Power Forward' throughout convention in Chicago

The Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT), the Illinois state unit of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) held its convention just outside Chicago in Rosemont, Illinois, over the weekend of October 19 - 21, 2013. . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is also Executive Vice President of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. Substance photo by Kati Gilson.

Illinois judge rules that CPS can close schools even when a hearing officer rules 'No'

Cook County Circuit Judge Thomas Allen ruled on July 31 that the Chicago Board of Education has the right to close schools even if a hearing officer finds that the schools shouldn't closed. The ruling, . . .

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Will Chicago teachers keep moving forward? A look at the key issues in Chicago Teachers Union elections set for May 17. May 7, 2013

[Editor's Note: The following analysis was published on May 7, 2013 at Socialist Worker and is reprinted here with permission. Lee Sustar is also working on a book about the Chicago Teachers Union and the . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, surrounded by community leaders including Operation PUSH leader Jesse Jackson, SEIu leader Tom Balanoff, Alderman Ricardo Munoz, and Congressman Bobby Rush addressed the rally on March 27, 2013 against the school closings being pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Substance photo by David Vance.

SOLIDARITY FOREVER? Chicago Tribune continues support for CTU 'Salvation' caucus by printing an April 26 Perspective by Tanya Saunders Wolffe trashing Karen Lewis and CORE

Anyone devoting any time to searching the archives of the anti-union, pro charter school and pro-privatization Chicago Tribune would have a hard time finding much coverage of any major union election, city, state or national. . . .

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The anti-union Chicago Tribune continued its support for the so-called

Union busting is alive and well in Illinois: Newest suburban Representative declares war on unions with 'Right to Work' and other legislative proposals

In what amounts to all out war on all labor unions in Illinois, Republican State Representative Jeanne Ives (42D), from Wheaton, has pushed three House Bills to be heard in the Illinois Labor and Commerce . . .

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State Rep. Jeanne Ives (center) with fellow Tea Party Republicans Mike Connolly and Elizabeth Roskom.

SOLIDARITY FOREVER: Regular updates on the 'Salvation' caucus, er, The Coalition to Save Our Union

As the deadline approaches for candidates and caucuses to submit nominating petitions for the Chicago Teachers Union election, which will be held May 17, Substance will continue our decades' long community service of providing our . . .

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CORE launches re-election campaign with large meeting, extensive planning amid growing outrage that union opposition takes to the Chicago Tribune to circulate its message

Chicago's Caucus Of Rank-and-file Educators (CORE) began its re-election campaign with a large meeting of teachers and others at Chicago's Letter Carriers union hall of the city's South Side on February 25, 2013. The meeting, . . .

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Some of the more than 100 teachers and other CTU members and leaders who met at the Letter Carriers union hall to begin circulating the nominating petitions for the 2013 Chicago Teachers Union election. Substance photo by John Kugler.

'New Direction in 1600' caucus formed in Cook County College Teachers union...Part-time City Colleges workers demanding a fair contract, benefits

On Feb. 21, 2013 a protest of the Federation of of College Clerical and Technical Personnel (Local 1708) was held outside the doors of the City Colleges of Chicago downtown headquarters in the Loop. . . .

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Jeremy Harrison picketing Chicago City Colleges headquarters on February 21, 2013. Photo by Labor Beat.

Delegate training continues work won during the Chicago Teachers Strike of 2012...

“The work of the Union cannot be done completely from the Merchandize mart.” Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis told the delegates assembled to learn more about how to do their jobs. There were 100 . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union staff addressed the delegates at the November 29, 2012 training sessions. Substance photo by Jean Schwab.

Rally to support Evergreen Park teachers October 13 at 89th and Kedzie

There will be a rally to support striking Evergreen Park teachers on Saturday, October 13, 2012. According to a press release distributed by the Illinois Federation of teachers: HELP STOP UNION-BUSTING IN EVERGREEN PARK. JOIN . . .


WTF... CPS — CPS covering up cost of Scab Centers while penalizing strikers in first paycheck... '...Depending on your deduction choices, you may in fact have a zero or a negative payroll advice...' Strikers' paychecks lower than expected as CPS shows it continues its scab ways

Hundreds — perhaps thousands — of Chicago Teachers Union members discovered that their October 5 paychecks were even lower than they had anticipated as a result of the strike received yet another lesson in how . . .

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Voting to take place in all real Chicago public schools on Tuesday October 2... CTU leadership ends week of contract meetings on tired but upbeat note

The officers and staff of the Chicago Teachers Union ended a week of after-school meetings explaining the proposed contract (officially the "Tentative Agreement") to the union's members on Friday, September 28, 2012, at Roosevelt High . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union Financial Secretary Kristine Mayle explained large portions of the proposed agreement, including the controversial

CTU continues citywide discussion of proposed contract as referendum is scheduled for October 2 and preparations begin for citywide vote

Officers and members of the 30,000-member Chicago Teachers Union continued presentations and discussions of the proposed union contract at Kelly High School on the city's southwest side after school on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. About . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey (left) and Financial Secretary Kristine Mayle (right) listen to a question from a union member during the discussion of the proposed contract at Kelly High School on September 26, 2012. The contract will be voted on by the union's 26,000 active duty members in a citywide referendum in all the schools on October 2, 2012. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.

Chicago Teachers Union Strike 2012 now a Cable TV and video production

"CTU Strike 2012" will be on the air beginning on September 27, 2012 on Chicago - CAN TV cable tv Channel 19. Scheduled airings for the first viewing of this are: Thurs., Sept. 27, 9:30 . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union officially contradicts CPS happy talk regarding contract negotiations... 'It is not accurate to say both sides are extremely close — this is misinformation on behalf of the Board and Mayor Emanuel.'

As picket lines dispersed during the second day of the Chicago Teachers Strike of 2012, many teachers and supporters of the Chicago Teachers Union headed downtown for a second day of rallies outside the headquarters . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union pickets at the corner of Keeler and Pulaski in Chicago on the morning of the second day of the Chicago Teachers Strike of 2012. Substance photo by David R. Stone.

'It's not a boycott. They'll just never see our business again'... Teachers begin being choosey as Simone's restaurant sides with Rahm during the Strike of 2012

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks incessantly about "business," as if corporate America were the only way he can think about defining one of the world's greatest and most diverse cities. And because of the mayor's . . .

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VIDEO HISTORY: CORE and Labor Beat team up to produce the half hour video 'CTU Strikes 1969 - 1987' where veteran teachers help a new generation understand the work of union militancy

The video produced by CORE (the Caucus of Rank and File Educators of the Chicago Teachers Union) and Chicago's Labor Beat during the summer of 2012 in conjunction with the four CORE "Successful Chicago Strikes" . . .

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May 23, 2012, 44 years after the first strike by Chicago teachers, on Adams St. in Chicago Illinois, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis led a march of 10,000 people, most of them CTU members, through Chicago's Loop following rallies at the Auditorium Theatre and in Grant Park against the policies of the Chicago Board of Education. Lewis can be seen in the above photograph with the Rev. Jesse Jackson Jr., American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Wingarten. and Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) President Dan Montgomery leading the march, which stretched for more than five blocks as it worked its way from Michigan Ave. to its end point on LaSalle St. Substance photo by Sharon Schmidt.

Karen Lewis to speak at Labor Day rally in Chicago's Daley Plaza... September 3 at 10:30 in the morning

Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union, will be one of the featured speakers at the large Labor Day rally to be held on Monday September 3, 2012 at Chicago's Daley Plaza. The event, . . .

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Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis (above, speaking at the May 23, 2012 rally at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre) will be the featured speaker at the Labor Day rally in Chicago's Daley Plaza on September 3, 2012. Substance photo by Sharon Schmidt.