The Chicago Teacherís Union suspended its week-long strike on September 18th, allowing 350,000 students to return to their classrooms. Issues of job security and teacher evaluation were at the forefront of the strike — with Chicago teachers demanding increased pay and a new contract regarding academic standards.
Over 12,000 Care2 members signed the petition to stand with the Chicago Teachers Union. Thank you for supporting Chicagoís teachers and their demands for fair pay and evaluations!
The 29,000-member Chicago Teacherís Union compromised with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, constructing a three year contract to improve the working conditions at Chicagoís schools. The union acknowledges that many problems remain unsolved, but the solidarity of the teacherís union paired with stepping stone changes satisfied Chicago teachersí appetite for progress.
The new contract includes the following:
-A 3% pay increase the first year, with a 2% increase every year thereafter
-Phasing out performance-related pay, or ďmerit payĒ
-Hiring 600 teachers in the areas of art, music, world languages, etc.
-Up to $250 reimbursement of school supplies
-Only 30% of student test scores will be factored into teacher evaluations
-Laid-off teachers receive hiring-priority for charter school position openings
The contract is awaiting ratification from the 29,000 union members, but school is still back in session! Contract negotiations have been going on since November 2011, making this contract a result of the 1-year struggle of the Chicago Teacherís Union to update their terms and conditions.
Thanks to our Care2 members for standing with the Chicago Teacherís Union during their tumultuous battle for fair working conditions!