Chicago teachers threaten first-ever charter school strike — for longer summer vacation

By Victor Skinner on Monday, October 10th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

CHICAGO – Unionized Chicago charter school teachers are threatening to walk out on students over vacation time, pay and benefits, echoing the much larger Chicago Teachers Union’s threat to strike this month. The United Educators of USCN (UNO Charter School Network) are threatening to strike as early as Oct. 19 over stalled union contract negotiations […]

Chicago Teachers Union ‘likely’ to strike — because property tax hike isn’t big enough

By Victor Skinner on Friday, August 26th, 2016 in Uncategorized 6 Comments

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools approved a $5.4 billion budget for next school year that relies on three property tax hikes for local residents, but teachers union officials contend it’s not enough. The budget will increase the district’s regular property tax levy to the maximum allowed under state law, a CPS tradition for the last […]

Chicago Teachers Union threatens members who cross picket line

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

CHICAGO – The Chicago Teachers Union is threating members who don’t want to walk out on their students April 1. The CTU is planning a “Day of Action” for April Fool’s Day, and some teachers are complaining that union officials are threatening to kick them out of the union if they don’t participate, DNAinfo reports. […]

Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Teachers Union on collision course for strike

By Victor Skinner on Friday, March 4th, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools officials’ decision to implement three furlough days to save the cash-strapped district $30 million is reigniting threats of a teachers union strike. District officials announced teachers and other school based workers will stay home on Good Friday, as well as June 22 and 23, which were previously scheduled professional development […]

Chicago students stage walkout to protest teacher pensions

By Victor Skinner on Monday, February 15th, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

CHICAGO – Union efforts last month to train teachers on creating student activists to fight for its cause seems to be paying off, as hundreds of Chicago Public Schools walked out of class Friday in protest. Between 200 and 300 Lincoln Park High School students walked out of before their third period classes toting protest […]

Chicago teachers vote to strike over stalled contract negotiations

By Victor Skinner on Monday, December 14th, 2015 in Uncategorized No Comments

CHICAGO – Chicago teachers are ready and willing to walk out on their students over money issues. The Chicago Teachers Union contends that 88 percent of its members voted in favor of allowing union bosses to call a strike over collective bargaining negotiations that have stalled in part because of the school district’s half-billion dollar […]

Union VP threatens school board, vows ‘no peace’ in Chicago

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 in Commentary, Unions, Video No Comments

By Kyle Olson CHICAGO – During a Veterans Day protest – which focused on school closings, not the service of veterans – Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey said the union would go after the school board and there would be “no peace” in the city if the board follows through on a […]