Update: The CTU strike has been suspended and classes resume tomorrow. The rank and file will get to vote on the contract in a couple of weeks.
Before all of the delegates even left the meeting tonight, the media started talking about the number of schools that will be closing...
At the podium, Karen Lewis was asked how the vote went. She stated it was like 98% to 2%, "but you'll always have those die-hards that hold out no matter what!"
Really...how about language that is not vague or simply "unknown". The CTU sent out FAQs about the contract proposal and some of their answers were-
"We do not know the answer yet" AND "We are not sure of the exact point value."
In the end, I believe Rahm is going to get the last laugh when the final details of these negotiations are finally revealed!
As I am sure most of you reading this already know, the Board of Education and the Chicago Teachers Union have agreed to a "framework" for a new contract. I find the following observations quite interesting.
* Brizard has been silent this whole week and suddenly he is now making statements again.
*Every day this week the Chicago Public School website has posted their latest proposals for the world to see.
*Karen Lewis has been telling the Union members for months now "If you didn't hear if from CTU, it isn't true."
*Tonight on the news Karen Lewis told the same Union members that they themselves should go to the Chicago Public School's website to read the "framework". (The same people we were told not to listen to...really?!)
* I went to the Chicago Public School website tonight and, as of this posting, this is all the information being shared.
September 14, 2012
*So, we are now supposed to get information from people we were told not to believe only to find out they are not sharing anyway.
*This Sunday the Union's House of Delegates are to meet...receive the full language of the contract (seeing it for the very first time)....and quickly vote on it that day. (If what I hear is correct, they must vote on it before sundown on Sunday because Rosh Hashanah begins).
I certainly hope this is not a set-up for history to repeat itself.
We all remember what happened here, don't we?
Click link to be reminded that WE MUST READ BEFORE WE VOTE!
(Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice...I hope we have learned our lesson!)
If I was a delegate and did not get enough time to read and digest the contract I would have no choice but to vote NO on it. If you know a delegate, please pass that message along to them.