Posts Tagged ‘teachers unions’

May Day march for education

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Parents, stand in solidarity with teachers!

From Teachers for Social Justice:


Together Labor and Immigrants Will March

Since 2006, May Day has been reclaimed in Chicago

Date: Tuesday, May 1st
March Assembly Noon in Union Park
Rally 3:30PM
Federal Plaza

Why Teachers Should Join the May Day March

Defend our Education & Democracy

Our union is under attack. We have to defend ourselves and it’s not only our contract.  Public education in a democratic society is now in question.

May Day is a perfect time to speak about the future of our public schools.

No to Austerity and Privatization

Marching and speaking up on May Day will help us and all the other public sector workers under the hammer of privatization and austerity cuts. We need our city libraries, mental health clinics and decent transportation. We see our services in the public sector being cut to the bone.

May Day March Builds Solidarity for the CTU

Preparing to strike also means building solidarity with other sectors of labor, students and parents. Our union fight back for a contract must be supported by the labor movement.

No to Rahm!  No to CPS Attacks on Public Education

For teachers and public school workers May Day will be a perfect time to build solidarity within our schools and unions. We must march to defend our jobs, schools and contracts. Our unity gives us strength if we are forced to strike.

Stop Deportations and Full Rights for Immigrants

For immigrant workers who brought May Day back to Chicago it is day to defend our families and call for justice not deportation. Children need their parents. We support families.

Great message from Raise Your Hand

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Folks, it’s no secret that our schools are in a financial crisis because rich corporations have successfully fought for years against increases in their fair share of school funding, and our (mostly) spineless state legislators have refused to step up and do what needs to be done to fund our schools adequately.

The public is also beginning to catch on to the unfairness of the corporate “reformers” and politicians — these well-heeled folks who have comfortable incomes, pensions and health care — who point their fingers at teachers and shout that we can “no longer afford” to offer those things to our hardest-working public servants.

Here’s a common-sense (and more temperate) response by Chicago’s Raise Your Hand parent group to Mayor Emmanuel’s recent nasty implication that it’s the teachers who are giving children “the shaft”:

Grown Ups: Work it Out for the Kids

In case you haven’t seen the news in a few days, there’s a big battle over teacher raises right now between the CPS board and the Chicago Teachers Union.

While everyone knows that times are bad, we think that CPS should do a better job of explaining their deficit numbers to the CTU and the public in general.

We are also disturbed by the new Mayor of Chicago’s comments that students were “left on the side of the road” and “given the shaft” as a result of the contract. If you are going to rescind the raises of the people who dedicate their lives to taking care of our children every day, why follow it up the next day with such insulting and vile language? How about more reconciliatory language to our hard-working teachers like, “we’re sorry we can’t pay you your raises this year, we are working on reforming TIF, looking at the amount of money we spend on standardized testing and test prep materials, etc.” so that we can honor our contract in the future. How about a plea to our great teachers to stay with us at CPS because we are all going to work together to make this system better? A false and insulting accusation that teachers have been giving their students the shaft is not helpful.

The CPS and the CTU need to sit down and work this out like adults. Our kids depend on them for leadership and compromise. Show the children of Chicago that you can work this out without vitriol and ongoing disrespect.

We are tired of the old paradigm and demand something new and better for the children of Chicago.

PSAT for 3-22-11, Part 1: Teachers, tell us why you support unions!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Wear red today - anywhere!

We’re turning the tables today and giving teachers a writing assignment for Public Schools Action Tuesday! A group of prominent teachers is asking all teacher-bloggers to post an article on the theme “Why Teachers Like Me Support Unions.” No word limit, no specific number of paragraphs, just your heartfelt words.

We’re also asked to wear red in solidarity with Wisconsin unions.

Here’s what they want you to do:

“We encourage you to publish a piece on March 22 entitled ‘Why Teachers Like Me Support Unions.’ In this piece, please explain your own reasons for being a proud union member and/or supporter. Including personal stories can make this a very powerful piece. It would be great to also explain how being a union member supports and enables you to be the kind of teacher that you are. We want these posts to focus not only on our rights, but also on what it takes to be a great teacher for students, and how unions support that. After you have published your post, please s hare it through the form that will go live on March 22 at Posts should also be shared on Twitter using the tag #edusolidarity. There is a Facebook group and a Facebook event where you can sign up.”

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Julie Woestehoff is PURE's executive director. Julie's work has earned her a Ford Foundation award and recognition as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Chicago.