Chicago Teacher's Union Case Study

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Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) VS Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Angel Tijerina Conflict and Negotiations Samuelson Psyc 489-502 Introduction: “Enough is enough,” stated Chicago Teacher’s Union President Karen Lewis. After a summer’s full of argument over contract revisions, CTU filed the 10-day strike notice on Wednesday August 29, 2012 in attempts to light a fire under Chicago Public School district’s feet. Less than a week remained before the majority of the district’s schools were reopened for the fall semester, and CTU was unhappy with their prospects and lack of progress in getting their needs met. With Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new regime in full swing, education fund cuts, slashed teacher pay raises, and school shutdowns were frequent items…show more content…
Stating that forward progress with the children is essential in this crucial time was seen as an insult to the teachers. The new “full school day” implemented for the upcoming years was passed upon the teachers by Mayor Emanuel in attempts to meet national standards of school times. This was just the tip of the iceberg in Rahm’s overhaul to make the school systems more efficient. Other reforms included: pruning out underperforming/under attended schools, cutting funds to up to par institutions, removing the set raises over time for teachers, and making teachers evaluations based solely upon student scores. "We have been telling our parents and the city to prepare for this," Lewis said. "We do not want to strike but apparently the board does — because if they didn't, we wouldn't be in this situation where we are today." (Hood &…show more content…
The negotiating parties agreed to review and amend the proposal so there would be little for the CTU delegates to turn down in the decision on ending the strike. “The heavy lifting is over. The general framework is in place.” (Dardick, Hirst, & Hood) But when Sunday the 16th came to a close CTU delegates decided to hold back on approval of the deal, insisting for more time to review the complicated contract. With the strike being so close to ending, parents and CPS officials were infuriated. "We're striking for a fair contract, but we're also using this strike to send a message," said a member of the Union reminding the public of their cause. "If you want us to improve test scores or however you measure it, then we need the resources and we need (the city) to invest in the schools." Mayor Rahm, also claiming the moral high ground of “for the children,” decided in a bold move to try and request a court injunction, stating that the teachers’ fight for subjects like recall and evaluations were illegal. The injunction would be based on the mixed bag of issues the teachers were fighting for. If the court ruled with the mayor, the strike could reach a volatile end with no resolution made. Entering the second week of strike, CTU delegates took Monday off for Jewish holidays. "I will not stand by while the children of Chicago are played as pawns in an internal dispute within a union," Emanuel said, resentful of the let down the

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