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”

Teachers Union in Chicago to Extend Strike Into 2nd Week

New York Times

Teachers Union in Chicago to Extend Strike Into 2nd Week

By and STEVEN YACCINO
Published: September 16, 2012

CHICAGO — Leaders of a teachers union extended their strike on Sunday, saying they needed more time to consider a contract deal reached by negotiators over the weekend and forcing 350,000 students around this city to begin a second week without classes.

The decision, which was certain to infuriate City Hall and frustrate parents already weary from juggling day care for a week, dashed earlier hopes that hundreds of public schools around the city might reopen on Monday. It came as a setback to the union’s bargaining team, too, which felt it had secured an agreement its leaders might accept, even if it did not quell every concern voiced at protests across the city over the past week.

“I do what they tell me to do,” Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, said on Sunday, after a majority of nearly 800 union leaders — the House of Delegates — opted to meet again on Tuesday rather than immediately lift a strike in the nation’s third-largest school system. “There’s all kinds of stuff that they’re concerned about,” Ms. Lewis said of the delegates’ reluctance to accept the negotiated deal. “This is the deal we got.” Continue reading “Teachers Union in Chicago to Extend Strike Into 2nd Week”

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Chicago Teacher Strike: Fighting for Students

AFL-CIO Now

 

09/10/2012; Jackie Tortora

 Photo by Sarah Jane Rhee.

At 12:01 a.m. today, for the first time in 25 years, more than 29,000 teachers and education professionals of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) were forced out on strike to gain a contract that provides students with the education they deserve.

CTU expressed disappointment in the school district’s refusal to concede on issues involving resources for students, job security and compensation—including the district’s decision to strip teachers and paraprofessionals of an agreed-upon 4 percent raise. Resources for students also are highlighted in a one-page paper excerpt of their 46-page comprehensive study, “The Schools Chicago’s Students Deserve,” outlining the type of school and educational environment their students should have. Its recommendations include: Continue reading “Chicago Teacher Strike: Fighting for Students”