Teachers, students return to Chicago public schools

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Teachers, students return to Chicago public schools

By Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Diane Rado and Bill Ruthhart Tribune reporters8:17 a.m. CDT, September 19, 2012

 

More than 350,000 Chicago public school students returned to class this morning after union officials overwhelmingly called off a seven-day teachers strike.

Sixteen-year-old Jayton Howard, on his way to Paul Robeson High School on the South Side, summed up his feelings in a word: “Great.”

Parents were happy too. Some expressed hope that the new contract will benefit students in a district grappling with high dropout rates and poor performance.

“They’ll win from the strike,” said Leslie Sabbs-Kizer, whose children attend elementary school. Continue reading “Teachers, students return to Chicago public schools”

Palermo Workers Fast in Solidarity with Colombian Workers.

Palermo Workers Fast in Solidarity with Colombian Workers.

Milwaukee – Palermo Workers on strike participated in a one-day solidarity fast on Monday, September 17, to express their solidarity with workers on strike against a General Motors Colombia. Some of the Colombian strikers are also participating in a “Fast to the Death” to bring attention to their struggle.

Employees of the Colombian outpost of American car manufacturer GM renewed their call for international solidarity actions on September 3rd, after four days of talks facilitated by the Federal Mediation and Reconciliation Services broke down, and even the involvement of US State Department failed to help reach an agreement. Continue reading “Palermo Workers Fast in Solidarity with Colombian Workers.”

Chicago teachers strike enters 2nd week

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Chicago teachers strike enters 2nd week

SOPHIA TAREEN and TAMMY WEBBER | September 17, 2012 08:56 AM EST |


CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is turning to the courts to try to put an end to a teachers strike that’s entering its second week and has left parents scrambling to make alternative child care arrangements for at least two more days.

The union and school leaders seemed headed toward a resolution at the end of last week, saying they were optimistic students in the nation’s third-largest school district would be back in class by Monday. But teachers uncomfortable with a tentative contract offer decided Sunday to remain on strike, saying they needed more time to review a complicated proposal.

Emanuel fired back, saying he told city attorneys to seek a court order forcing Chicago Teachers Union members back into the classroom. Continue reading “Chicago teachers strike enters 2nd week”

Lake Forest teachers continue strike; BOE plans teacherless school day – 09/17/12

Lake Forest teachers continue strike; BOE plans teacherless school day – 09/17/12

9/16/2012

While the majority of focus was on the strike of the Chicago Public School system last week, it wasn’t the only Illinois school district to see a strike. The Chicago suburb of Lake Forest watched as teacher’s walked off the job on Wednesday. Those teachers, represented by the Lake Forest Education Association, are on strike over wage and health care issues. Last year the teachers agreed to a one-year pay freeze in an effort to help the district reach a budget surplus.  The teachers are strongly opposed to a two-tier wage proposal from the Board of Education. The union has said the proposal would turn Lake Forest into a district “where rookies come to learn their craft and move on to neighboring districts due to the two-tier wage system.” The two sides failed to reach an agreement this weekend with the Board of Education ending negotiations by making today a mandatory student school day. The board said the school day will consist of a full day of “educational programming.” The school day will commence with administrators and community volunteers. The move is similar to how a private sector factory might keep minimum operations during a strike by having managers or replacement workers do the work of employees.

In order for a school day to be considered a legal attendance day Lake County requires the staffing of certified educators or at minimum, paid substitutes. It also must include five hours of course instruction in English, math, science, and social studies.

Chicago Teachers Strike: Union To Continue Industrial Action Into Second Week

Chicago Teachers Strike: Union To Continue Industrial Action Into Second Week

By TAMMY WEBBER 09/16/12 08:25 PM ET

Chicago Teachers Strike

CHICAGO — The Chicago teachers union decided Sunday to continue its weeklong strike, extending an acrimonious standoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over teacher evaluations and job security provisions central to the debate over the future of public education across the United States.

Emanuel said he would seek a court order to end the strike, which he said is illegal under state law.

Union delegates declined to formally vote on a proposed contract settlement worked out over the weekend with officials from the nation’s third largest school district. Schools will remain closed Monday.

Union president Karen Lewis said teachers want the opportunity to continue to discuss the offer that is on the table. Continue reading “Chicago Teachers Strike: Union To Continue Industrial Action Into Second Week”

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