Monday, December 14, 2015


The Chicago Teachers Union membership has voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.  88% of their entire membership voted yes and 96% of those who cast a ballot authorized a strike. Those are very impressive percentages no matter how you slice it.

As for demands, the CTU put out a statement.  This is at the top of the list:

(1) Improve the teaching and learning conditions by reducing standardized testing, eliminate time-sucking compliance paperwork, and restore professional respect and autonomy to teachers on matters like grades. These improvements cost nothing;

These should be among our top demands here in NYC too.


Anonymous said...

They certainly should have been among our demands in the LAST contract negotiations IF we had a leader with a brain as opposed to a slab of meat. This disaster known as Michael Mulgrew,has diminished the UFT to the point where when the exit door opens, 20% of this union will march out.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news for all teachers. These are matters that are important to all of us. I hope the UFT will at the very least come out in support. (For the UFT it'll be much higher than 20% walking out - I'd venture 80%.)

James Eterno said...

That's scary.