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Lightfoot rips off CPS of $100 million, robs students and thwarts contract settlement

Lightfoot rips off CPS of $100 million, robs students and thwarts contract settlement

Mayor brags about providing CPS with $100M TIF surplus that she promptly grabs back for pension payments City should be paying, cops in schools for which City previously paid. CHICAGO—The TIF slush funds that the mayor giveth, the mayor also taketh away. Chicago Mayor...
CPS refusal to allocate $38M—one half of one percent of budget—is stalling tentative agreement

CPS refusal to allocate $38M—one half of one percent of budget—is stalling tentative agreement

CHICAGO—CTU President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today in response to claims from the mayor and CPS about what separates the parties at the bargaining table. “Thirty eight million dollars—one half of one percent of CPS’ annual budget—is...
CPS refusal to allocate $38M—one half of one percent of budget—is stalling tentative agreement

Monday strike schedule; “great” CPS offer only 1/3 of CPS class size issues, staffing proposals still fall short

STRIKE SCHEDULE: Monday, October 28 7:30 a.m.: CTU President Jesse Sharkey, Locke Elementary. 2828 N Oak Park Ave, Chicago 7:30 a.m./SPANISH LANGUAGE: CTU officer Maria Moreno, Schubert Elementary School, 2727 N. Long Ave. 9:30 a.m.: Students standing with CTU!...
CPS refusal to allocate $38M—one half of one percent of budget—is stalling tentative agreement

CPS continues to balk at spending fraction of 1% of budget to settle contract

CHICAGO, Oct. 27, 2019—CTU President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement Sunday evening, as CPS CEO Janice Jackson made her first appearance at the bargaining table. Right now at the bargaining table, CPS is refusing to invest barely half of one percent of...
Victory in Passages strike, as charter operator agrees to demands that CPS rejects for striking CTU district educators

Victory in Passages strike, as charter operator agrees to demands that CPS rejects for striking CTU district educators

STRIKE SCHEDULE: Saturday and Sunday, October 26-7 10:00 a.m., TODAY, Saturday, 10/26/19: Labor and Community Solidarity Rally! Family-friendly rally, celebration and show of solidarity for striking CTU and SEIU Local 73 workers, cosponsored by the Chicago Federation...
Sharkey on Lightfoot budget: more austerity, less justice—and no relief for CPS students

Sharkey on Lightfoot budget: more austerity, less justice—and no relief for CPS students

7:00 p.m. TODAY, Wednesday, Oct. 23: Town Hall with CTU paraprofessionals and Local 73 workers who are paid poverty wages. St. Benedict African Catholic Church, 340 W 66th Street (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24: Picket lines go up at all 500+...
CPS balks at enshrining better school conditions in enforceable contract

CPS balks at enshrining better school conditions in enforceable contract

After ten months of bargaining, CTU educators are still struggling with CPS to carve a path forward to an agreement that meaningfully improves conditions in over 500 Chicago public schools. Livestream of tonight’s press conference is at this link. CHICAGO, Oct....
CPS refusal to allocate $38M—one half of one percent of budget—is stalling tentative agreement

Bargaining update and Sunday prayer service for CTU members

The CTU’s proposed structure is designed to phase in real equity for students who are routinely denied access to school nurses, social workers, other desperately needed staff. Livestream of today’s CTU announcement is at this link. CHICAGO, Oct. 12,...