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CPS files for injunction against strike

City lawyers filed a complaint in the Circuit Court of Cook County for a preliminary injunction that would end the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike immediately. Here are the court filings and CPS press release.

8 comments

Anonymous wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Hearing

Does anyone know when/where the hearing will be? Which courtroom?

Anonymous wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Lawyers

Funny that they could get the lawyers together for an injunction but couldn't get the language done on the contract for teachers to read and decide for themselves!!!

Concerned, Anonymous wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

injunction

Is Emanuel using my tax dollars to pay for the court costs? If so, I object! This is needless antagonism--he should at least have his "superpac" of anti-teacher donors pay for it. Better yet--how about take that money and hire more teachers' assistants for the overcrowded classrooms.

Pondering wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Rahm got SHELACKED!

Ramhm needs to go and hide. He kicked the hornet's nest and now, along with Brizard, Broad, Vitale, Duncan, (and I hate to say, Obama because he is in this as well --- hiring Arne to run the national system when he contributed to this mess!), oh and the needleneck Edelman (http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/miller/15153630-452/miller-ctu-pl...); and all those corporate driven reform and teacher prep boutiques ---THEY ARE ALL GETTING STUNG!

BTW I saw Mahalia Hines on the CPS side...I wonder if she was a striking teacher back 25 years ago or before? T'is funny how teachers who become principals and administrators quickly forget they to were union protected at some point!

Rod Estvan wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

re: the CPS complaint

I do not know how Cook County Judge Peter Flynn is going to rule on the request by CPS for injunctive action against the CTU over this strike or if he will have to rule at all because the request will become moot due to a contract being agreed to. It is clear just reading the CPS filing that its argument for an injunction based on a clear and present danger to the city's children is rather weak. I am also sure that striking CPS special education teachers will find a level of sick humor in its claim that the strike is denying services to disabled students when they are arguing for more services. CPS' argument for action based on what we all now call SB7 is stronger.

What CPS does in this filing is to document statements made by CTU leaders, picket signs carried by teachers and maybe even non-teacher supporters, or even various positions taken at House of Delegates meetings and claim these reveal that the CTU is actually striking over what are called section 4.5 issues. One of the stranger arguments in the brief is one that states effectively CTU's salary and economic demands are being used to get CPS to agree on 4.5 issues and somehow that in its self is illegal. Effectively the CPS argues that for the CTU to leverage the legal areas it is allowed to strike under existing state law against those areas it is not allowed to strike for constitutes a violation of law. Is it?

That really is what I think the Judge will have to decide. I have little doubt regardless of how Judge Flynn rules he will shake his head in relation to the statute in question and how poorly it was formulated.

For example on the issue of the economic impact of changes relating to 4.5 issues the law requires CPS to bargain, but the solution to the impact issue finds its way into wages and wages are areas CTU can legally strike over. So here we have statutory confusion, because if the union can bargain and strike over impact it can clearly leverage money issues as they relate to 4.5 issues like class size or decisions to lay off teachers. This law is a mess and it should not exist with completely separate rules for only the CTU. But here we sit and now an unfortunate Judge is stuck with this case.

Rod Estvan

Anonymous wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Teachers - don't blow it

Dear CPS Teachers,

All last week you were playing a winning hand brilliantly and gaining public support for your issues and strike. Now, you seem to have won a good deal at the table and you are in danger of squandering all the good will of the past week. Yes, the deal isn't perfect but no deal is. And the battle on all of your public education fights is far from over.

The danger is if this draws out another week or more, the Mayor will begin to gain public support to outlaw teacher strikes in Springfield. This would kill your leverage in the long haul and spell a certain slow death for CTU.

Please take your deal and quickly start looking for a competitive mayoral candidate who can champion your version of school improvement. That is a feasible long term strategy and gives you a fighting chance in the long run.

Trish Ramirez wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Taking the Deal

I understand your frustration in wanting to end the strike, however, you must understand that the contract is not finished. The Board would very much like us to sign on the dotted line and find out the contents of the contract later and on the Board's terms. I don't know about you, but I don't sign a cell phone contract without understanding the terms of the agreement. The teachers understand the frustration of the parents and other stake holders, however, we are committed to making sure we can gain strides, however slight, with the new contract to ensure the Board makes good on its commitment to the parents, community, teachers and most importantly, the students. The commitment that should have been in place all along. Sadly, due to legislation, our hands are tied on many issues that are so necessary for our students to receive an adequate education. Therefore, we have had to stand firm on the "issues" and hold the Board's feet to the fire. Please know we are on the side of the students. No matter what the Board would like you to believe.

Frank Thompson wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

If we decide to strike until

If we decide to strike until the contract is written in full we will be out until November I hope you realize. My hope is that we are not overtaken by the radical contingent of the union that will not budge on a contract until every demand is met, and frankly that is unrealistic. My thought is to accept the deal and then start contact state legislators to get rid of SB7, contacting alderman to thank/reprimand then for their support or lack there of and work to keep the idea of public education public.

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