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Thursday, August 23, 2012

8/22/12: Chicago Teacher Delegates OK to Lewis: 10 Day Strike Notice Capping a Week of Nasty Leaks From CPS

BREAKING: From Network of Teacher Activist Groups:
8.22.12 – The CTU [Chicago Teachers Union] House of Delegates authorized Karen Lewis to give a 10 day strike notice tonight. No actual strike date has been set, however. The 10 day notice is required by law and keeps the CTU on a timeline if a strike does need to happen. More details to come.
(Also, confirmed at Fred Klonsky's blog.)
The official CTU blog also reported the 10 day strike notice authorization vote late Wednesday night, but it said that no inference should be drawn as to when or if such a notice shall be issued.

CTU members signing off for picket signs. (From Fred Klonsky's site.)
CTU teacher with a device Bloomberg and Kelly prohibit in New York City.

Earlier in the day CTU president Karen Lewis held a press conference to address the state of teachers contract talks with the Board of Education of Chicago Public Schools.

And what kind of tone has Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard set this week? The CTU disclosed that it had acquired a CPS email memo that directed principals to monitor staff members' union activity. And on August 20 Substance News broke the story that "No sooner had the Board of Education prepared the agenda for its August 22, 2012, meeting — including a secret agenda item that will reveal CPS plans to open between 100 and 150 schools under various pretexts, but basically as what union people will call "Scab Schools" — than "Chief Executive Officer" Jean-Claude Brizard distributed a letter, in print and on the Web, for parents and teachers."

So, what kind of tone do Chicago Public School's memos and plans set, going toward this mass rally / town hall meeting with Karen Lewis, Matt Farmer and Rev. Alvin Love, on August 28 at Trinity All Nations Church? (Lead via Fred Klonsky)

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