Chicago teachers set Oct. 11 strike date

By   /  September 30, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Illinois  /  No Comments

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CTU president Karen Lewis said, “If we cannot reach the agreement by then, we will withhold our labor. It’s time to move this along.”

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Illinois schools handing out post-retirement bonuses

By   /  September 28, 2016  /  Education Blog, Illinois, Pensions  /  No Comments

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To cut costs and boost the state’s woefully underfunded teachers pension system, Illinois voted in 2005 to set limits on end-of-career pay raises for teachers and administrators. So, instead of pay raises, districts are paying out tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses to employees who are retiring or, in some cases, to those who have already retired. […]

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Chicago teachers OK strike

By   /  September 26, 2016  /  Education Blog, Illinois, Labor  /  No Comments

STRIKE OUT: The Illinois pension system has failed teachers and taxpayers.

The Chicago Teachers Union has voted again to approve an open-ended strike, which could take place as early as Oct. 11. According to the union, more than 90 percent of union members voted, and 95.6 percent of those votes were in favor of a walkout. “This should come as no surprise to the Board, the mayor […]

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Will Chicago teachers strike again?

By   /  August 26, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Illinois, Labor  /  No Comments

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Teachers protested outside CPS headquarters Wednesday, chanting, “They say cut back. We say fight back!”

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School CEO: Cuts coming to Chicago classrooms if unions won’t budge

By   /  August 16, 2016  /  Education Blog, Illinois  /  No Comments

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Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool says if teachers won’t agree to concessions — and so far unions are balking — “the alternative is cuts to the classroom.” “We don’t believe it’s the right thing to do, and we’re hopeful that upon reflection the teachers union will understand that’s not the right thing to do either,” Claypool […]

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Chicago Public Schools to begin layoffs

By   /  August 8, 2016  /  Education Blog, Illinois  /  No Comments

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Chicago Public Schools is laying off 500 teachers, all of whom are eligible to re-apply for jobs elsewhere in the district. Five hundred other school-based staff are also being laid off. The Chicago Teachers Union said “the gutting of experienced educators and other school employees only weakens schools and puts children at a disadvantage,” although most […]

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