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THREAD: We need your help, y'all. You probably saw Provost Feser's email Monday announcing salary increase program. While the he attempted to positively frame his proposal, it's an insidious attempt to undermine bargaining efforts and the core mission of our #union. Here's why:
The Provost's "salary increase program" was initially presented as a MOA (memorandum of understanding) at the very end of the bargaining session on Monday, leaving no opportunity to negotiate, ask questions, or respond. What's more? We only were given 3 days to accept or reject.
In the e-mail to faculty he presented an implied ultimatum to #union members. Either accept an ambiguous and inequitable salary increase and forego all bargaining for FY2020 salary increases (more on that next), or continue bargaining.
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CPS staff who are J1 visa holders received program emails expressing "concern" that picketing might look unfavorable come time for their visa renewals. This is an intimidation tactic.

Call #Lightfoot at 312 744 3300 and tell her #FairContractNow!

#CTUSEIUStrike #SanctuaryNow
From @Anakbayan_Chi member: "Sometimes employers and/or programs get around certain labor laws by arguing that J1 visa holders aren't workers but 'exchange participants' under J1's cultural exchange mission."

#FairContractNow #PutItInWriting #SanctuaryNow
"J1 visa holders rack up debts paying recruitment fees so that they can work here, only to face exploitative working conditions and retaliation when they fight for their rights."

#FairContractNow #PutItInWriting #SanctuaryNow
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Years ago at a Chi Board of Trade protest, traders dropped McDonald’s job apps on us. Now they’re spitting on striking educators. Absolute psychopaths who need to be taxed & taxed & taxed again and kept far away from the general public… #PutItInWriting
this is what traders in Chicago’s financial district are spending their time doing. totally normal
this teacher has been spit on by 1) five-year-olds and 2) grown-ass finance dudes making obscene amounts of money and robbing the rest of the city and the world blind in the process
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Hello Twitterverse! Meet your @CTULocal1 bargaining team! Karen and Sue are discussing veteran pay so Chicago's kids have access to experienced educators. Not losing them to the 'burbs! #SeeYourBargainingTeam
Evan is our CTE expert who is helping craft language on Career and Technical Education for Chicago's students. #SeeYourBargainingTeam #FairContactNow #PutItInWriting
We have amazing in-house labor lawyers reviewing language and helping us with the legalities of bargaining. #MeetYourBargainingTeam
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I was a CPS student from 2nd grade until graduating highschool. And due to the culture of Chicago, especially communities of color, a common question when someone says they’re from Chicago. Is “what highschool did you go to?”
I went from a school that is now closed (Goldblatt), to one (Leslie Lewis) that is 86% low income but that *now* has a school rating of 1. Not when I was there haha. To a hs (Lane Tech) that is selective enrollment.
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1/ #ME: Feeling a way about the incuriosity/obvious bias in the press. Thought I'd annotate an article with my thoughts/analysis.
2/ #CPS: The CTU won’t agree to the money until it gets the other items on what Jackson calls its “social justice bargaining” agenda.

#ME How do Black and Brown children get anything w/o a justice oriented agenda? Or, a demand? Better question: Why don’t they already have it?
3/ #CPS: That includes everything from affordable housing , a dramatic increase in “community schools”, enforceable caps on class size, mandatory hiring of support personnel written into the contract and more teacher prep time with potential to shorten the school day.
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#CPS is now on the “to clarify” talking point this morning. They in here saying: “what had happened was we really didn’t mean to say we were done bargaining.”
Explaining the proposal and back pedaling furiously. #developing
Swear I don’t get how the table says one thing, the mayor says another and then the CEO says another 🤷🏾‍♀️
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Presser from @CTULocal1 being live streamed here. Team says @ChiPubSchools Board of Ed Prez Miguel del Valle made an appearance at bargaining today:…
@CTULocal1 @ChiPubSchools "So... not a lot of progress today," @SharkeyCTU1 says.
@CTULocal1 @ChiPubSchools @SharkeyCTU1 City could be hoping for "a dive and catch," but don't expect us to go to midnight on Oct. 16, Sharkey says. I can't put out a notice for our delegates to meet at 2a, turn around and teach at 6a. "We're going to need some time to read it... Now is the time for stuff to move."
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Wake up every morning to more smear against teachers and our union from the corporate media. It's so...unnecessary. We are fighting for better schools. Nurses, social workers, smaller classes, resources, time to do the job. @CTULocal1 @chicagosmayor @chicagotribune @Suntimes
I'm on the bargaining team, but also a rank & file sped teacher. I work all day, supporting my students with disabilities, doing huge paperwork requirements like writing IEPs, grading, lesson plans etc. I collaborate with my 5 gen ed tchrs, 5 SECAs, & clinicians in the cracks.
I say "in the cracks" cuz there is no time to collaborate officially in the schedule because Elem teachers have so little prep time. My students have no nurse most days. We also suffer from the massive sub shortage-scrambling for coverage. And my school is a magnet! Better off!
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