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Tue Sep 10, 2013

Guest Post: CTU Marks One-Year Anniversary Of Historic Strike

The following is from the Chicago Teachers Union reflecting on the one-year anniversary of the teachers' strike.

One year ago, nearly 30,000 public school educators took to the picket lines to fight for the neighborhood schools their students deserve. They also wanted to secure a strong labor contract and regain respect for their profession. It was the first teachers strike in the city’s history in 25 years and it took the city by storm. Led by Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis, a former chemistry teacher, the colorful demonstrations, which began September 10, 2012 and lasted nine days, garnered national and international headlines as the “sea of red,” flooded the streets of downtown Chicago in a unified show of force.

The 2012 teachers strike was perhaps the first time in the city’s history that a labor action of its kind garnered widespread support from the public, including parents of Chicago Public School (CPS) students. After weeks of dramatic labor negotiations, protests, news conferences and rallies at the Board of Education teachers walked away with one of the strongest labor contract in recent history, a more unified workforce and the distinction of haven taken on a powerful, media-savvy mayor and won.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Aug 20, 2013

Bakery Workers Blast Clyde’s Delicious Donuts Over Plan To Pull Pension Fund (VIDEO)

Workers at Clyde’s Delicious Donuts say they are outraged that the company plans to withdraw from its employees' pension fund and move workers into a 401K-style plan starting this September.

About 20 workers and their allies protested outside the bakery’s Addison facility demanding that the company continue its pension contribution so workers do not lose their benefits. They also called on Clyde’s to offer better wages for its temporary workers and allow them to be part of the collective bargaining agreement.

Donald Woods, president of the Bakery Confectionery Tobacco Workers And Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) Local 1, which represents many of the Clyde’s workers, said the bakery employees have been in contract negotiations with the company for the past eight months. Although there has been some progress made at the negotiating table, the workers are not happy about the company’s plan to withdraw from the pension fund, which would mean at least a $300 per-month reduction in pension benefits for each of the workers.