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by Matthew Blake
10:49am
Thu May 24, 2012

CTU Throws Down The Gauntlet In Fiery Rally (VIDEO)

Teacher union leaders staged a charged rally in downtown Chicago yesterday punctuated by Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis asking the assembled crowd, “What are we here for?” and the crowd chanting back, “Strike!”

Kristie Mayle, financial secretary of CTU, did say that the union is still negotiating with the Chicago Public Schools over a collective bargaining contract that expires June 30. But the clear message yesterday was one of fierce acrimony toward Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Also, speakers portrayed CTU on the front line of a national battle to preserve labor union rights.

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11:21am
Fri Jun 17, 2011

Scorecard: School Unions

Earlier this week, Progress Illinois put together a scorecard on corporate business movement in Illinois. Unfortunately, this has also been a particularly busy week for school unions and labor unrest in the state.

On Tuesday, workers unions at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale picketed for better health care coverage, while the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) joined in on a rally against “corporate welfare” in downtown Chicago. The next day, CTU also got word that the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) board voted to rescind a 4 percent payraise. And by Thursday, the teacher’s union at Roosevelt University held a vigil for the hundreds of courses the school is cutting. 

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