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CHICAGO TEACHERS STRIKE ENDS – TEACHERS DRAW UNION, INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT

On Tuesday, September 18th, the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to suspend the seven-day strike and send the contract to all 26,000 CTU members for a ratification vote. Teachers, clinicians and PSRPs will return to school on the morning of Wednesday, September 19th.

AFGE’s National Executive Council approved a resolution to support the  Chicago teachers as they were fighting reduced staffing, larger class sizes and arbitrary teacher evaluations, all of which can have a destructive impact on teaching and learning.   AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. issued the following letter to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.   The union also issued a letter to AFT President Randi Weingarten in solidarity with the teachers.  

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Letters of Support from AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. to CTU President Karen Lewis and  to AFT President Randi Weingarten .

 

September 14, 2012

President Karen Lewis

Chicago Teachers Union

222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 400 Chicago, IL 60654

Dear President Lewis,

I would like to offer my full support to you and the Chicago Teachers Union during your strike. I recognize the courage it takes to lead a strike, and to stand up for the fundamental issues facing teachers and students, particularly when outside forces are so determined to undermine public education and public employee unions.

Our teachers are the backbone of our education system. Teachers and their unions play an indispensable role in improving public education and fostering learning. The rights of teachers are an integral part of that equation, and the views of teachers should be foremost in any discussion of school reform.

We applaud our sisters and brothers in Chicago for bringing a national spotlight to this battle, and for tackling one of the most important issues of our time. In order to continue to compete globally in the fields of math and science, music and the arts, we know it starts with our teachers. Your members know first-hand the challenges our students face and understand how to help students succeed. The would-be school reformers would do well to listen to teachers rather than dictate to them, whether the issue is flawed teacher evaluation systems or longer school days.

AFGE stands in solidarity with CTU and AFT as you continue to fight for a fair contract that reflects the hard work and dedication of Chicago teachers and educations support professionals. We know our teachers deserve fair compensation and benefits, job security and fair and effective evaluation procedures. We are more than happy to spread the word about the Chicago teachers’ struggle.

We are encouraged by news reports that you are close to reaching an agreement. Please let me know if there is anything more we can do to support our brothers and sisters in Chicago.

In solidarity,

/ss/

J. David Cox, Sr.

J. David Cox, Sr.

National President

September 14, 2012

President Randi Weingarten

American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
555 New Jersey Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

Dear President Weingarten,

I would like to offer my full support to you, and the American Federation of Teachers, as you work with Karen Lewis and the Chicago Teachers Union during their strike. I recognize the courage it takes to lead a strike, and to stand up for the fundamental issues facing teachers and students, particularly when outside forces are so determined to undermine public education and public employee unions.

Our teachers are the backbone of our education system. Teachers and their unions play an indispensable role in improving public education and fostering learning. The rights of teachers are an integral part of that equation, and the views of teachers should be foremost in any discussion of school reform.

Our sisters and brothers in Chicago have brought the this battle to the national stage, tackling one of the most important issues of our time. In order to continue to compete globally in the fields of math and science, music and the arts, we know it starts with our teachers. They know first-hand the challenges our students face and understand how to help students succeed.  The would-be school reformers would do well to listen to teachers rather than dictate to them, whether the issue is flawed teacher evaluation systems or longer school days.

AFGE stands in solidarity with CTU and AFT as you continue to fight for a fair contract that reflects the hard work and dedication of Chicago teachers and educations support professionals. We know our teachers deserve fair compensation and benefits, job security and fair and effective evaluation procedures. We are more than happy to spread the word about the Chicago teachers’ struggle.

We are encouraged by news reports that you are close to reaching an agreement. Please let me know if there is anything more we can do to support our brothers and sisters in Chicago.

In solidarity,

/ss/ J. David Cox, Sr.

J. David Cox Sr.

National President

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