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CTU ANSWERS QUESTIONS ABOUT
In a move to acquire more leverage at the bargaining table, on Wednesday, June 6, members of theChicago Teachers Union (CTU) will cast ballots to give its Union the power to call work stoppage should contract negotiations reach an impasse in coming weeks. The last teachers strike was in 1987 and it lasted 19 days.CTU President Karen GJ Lewis said,
We want the mayor and Board to know we have the support of all of ourmembers at the bargaining table and we will use the full weight of our power to ensure we get a strong contract forour members and our students,
” she said. “Strikes aren’t good for anyone and if the Board is wise it
will work withus to do what
’s in the best interest of our public schools
Nearly 10,000 CTU members rallied and marched on theBoard of Education on May 23
, in a bold display of union solidarity.
Lewis and the other officers plan to visit their former school campuses where they will cast their ballot for strike
authorization. Union leaders will give the public a rare glimpse by allowing reporters to observe them casting theiraffirmative vote for strikeauthorization early Wednesday.A new state law requires CTU toreach a 75% threshold in order tocall a strike. No elected official inthe nation is required to have athree-fourths of all votes of everyeligible registered voter in theirdistrict in order to take office orchange public policy. A person,who does not vote, according tothe law, is considered a
In the meantime, CTU seeks toaddress the frequently askedquestions from the general publicabout the strike authorization vote:
How many CTU members will participate in the vote; and who is eligible to vote?
About 25,500 members of CTU are eligible to vote.
Over 3,500 retirees, also represented by the Union, cannot vote.
participants, those who have opted not to join the CTU, but still reap be benefits of negotiated labor agreements, also do not vote.