Chicago Teachers Seek Compromise On Raises
The Chicago Teacher’s Union made public its list of proposals, after a round of negotiations with the Chicago Board of Education, that included accepting lower cost-of-living increases rather than do away with any increase.
“Even though the Board just gave huge raises to its top executives, our teachers are prepared to do our share to help keep budget costs down while we continue efforts to improve schools and benefit the children we teach,” CTU President Karen GJ Lewis said. “We believe this is a reasonable compromise in this season of ‘shared sacrifice.’”
In June, the Board voted to rescind 4 percent raises to Chicago Public Schools teachers. As part of its proposal to accept lower raises, the Chicago Teacher’s Union asked the Board to consider the following demands:
· As part of its ongoing negotiations with CPS, the union requested that the Board turn up the pressure on Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and Deutsche Bank until these institutions agree to write down the mortgage principals and interest rates for all homeowners facing foreclosure within the school district to market value as a part of an affordable and sustainable loan modification program. More than 40,000 homes are foreclosed in Cook County each year. Combined with the illegal lay-off of teachers, these foreclosures contribute to housing insecurity for thousands of CPS employees and students.
· Establish a mutually-agreed upon recall policy for all CTU-represented teachers and staff who were laid off on or after July 1, 2010 by which qualified teachers and staff with the necessary certifications are recalled to any vacant bargaining unit positions before new teachers or staff are hired.
· In addition to any other rights existing under the labor contract, all discipline imposed on CTU-represented teachers and staff without just cause, other than dismissal, removal and suspension pending removal, may be grieved and arbitrated under Article 3.
· CPS shall not do any business with the five banks responsible for the largest number of foreclosures within the city of Chicago until they agree to write down the mortgage principals and interest rates for all homeowners facing foreclosure within the city to market value as a part of an affordable and sustainable loan modification program to prevent foreclosures. The aforementioned banks are Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and Deutsche Bank.
· No reductions from the prior school year’s funding to any educational programs in which CTU members are employed shall be imposed unless equivalent reductions are imposed upon CPS Charter Schools.
· Effective July 1, 2011, all bargaining unit employees represented by the CTU shall receive a 2 percent salary or wage increase; and effective January 1, 2012, all bargaining unit employees shall receive an additional 2 percent salary or wage increase. [This is equivalent to a cost of living increase for School Year 2011-12].