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Old 08-24-2012, 02:49 PM
 
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For the Record: Latest contract proposal | catalyst-chicago.org
Chicago Teachers Union leaders said Friday morning they won’t file a strike notice today or Saturday, assuring the on-time opening of school, if not its continuation.

However, CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin left open the possibility that they would issue the 10-day warning Sunday or early next week.

In a switch from earlier in the week, she said contract negotiations were in full throttle at CTU headquarters on Friday.
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Chicago - Logan Square
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Until the 10-day warning is issued I'm just assuming that negotiations are proceeding along with the usual threats and ultimatums to try and keep an upper hand in the negotiations. I don't think anyone wants a strike, and as long as it doesn't become a personal pissing contest between Rahm and Lewis it should all get worked out.
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Skokiewood
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There's no way they would have called a strike before September 1. If teachers are at work on September 1, their benefits are paid for the month.

Who knows what will happen. I hope our kindergartener won't have his first year in school interrupted. But if it happens, we'll deal with it.

BTW, you can get your fill of strike discussions here:

CPS Strikewatch 2012 « CPS Obsessed
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:18 PM
 
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Until the 10-day warning is issued I'm just assuming that negotiations are proceeding along with the usual threats and ultimatums to try and keep an upper hand in the negotiations. I don't think anyone wants a strike, and as long as it doesn't become a personal pissing contest between Rahm and Lewis it should all get worked out.
I think this is right.
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:44 PM
 
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There is mess of confused folks chiming in on the site mentioned above.

The CTU does not HAVE to strike once they file the "10 day warning" and not filing it WILL weaken their bargaining power. It is also more than a little funny for folks that really have no idea what the CTU is all about equating with it "reform" or anything other than a labor union. It is also sorta sad that virtually none of the folks understand the history of picket lines or how they are completely irrelevant for unions that represent governmental workers for which there is no ability to "encourage others to leave the business owners unable to make a profit" Strike action - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In the end Rahm's goal is the same as Lewis' -- get the charade believable... Toward that end there is no reason to believe that having an disruption is in the cards...
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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They threaten a strike every year, or at least it seems like it.
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Chicago - Logan Square
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They threaten a strike every year, or at least it seems like it.
It's been about a decade since a strike vote was even taken, and over 20 years since one passed. This past Spring close to 90% of teachers voted to authorize a strike. A strike isn't inevitable, but this year is very different.
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:10 AM
 
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It would be very easy to replace the striking teachers with qualified people at the current salaries. I don't think government employees ought to be allowed to join unions. FDR thought the same way.
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Ugh, the antics of the past year have made me realize that I wouldn't put any future kids into the CPS system if I chose to stay in Chicago. For an outsider's point-of-view, the union is just coming off as greedy, IMHO.
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:50 PM
 
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Well, CTU officially filed a Strike Notice: Chicago Teachers Union to file 10-day strike notice - chicagotribune.com
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