Wisconsin labor leaders and teachers will join Chicago educators in a rally today calling for fairness in the process to extend the school day for CPS students. According to a press release from the Chicago Teachers Union, the rally is meant to make sure that "CPS workers are not cheated out of their wages when CPS extends the school year. "
“We need to rally our unions and our community to fight for education and a better future for our children,” said event organizer Susan Garza, a teacher at Jane Addams Elementary School. “The Board’s decision to break teacher contracts, eliminate cost of living increases, and to lengthen the school year amounts to a 25 percent pay cut for teachers. CPS did not get into its financial mess by over-paying teachers, but we are the ones forced to pay for others’ mistakes.”
Today's rally is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at 10654 Avenue G on Chicago's Southeast Side.