Teachers picketing tonight before Board Meeting

Meg Dickinson at the NG reports:

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/education/2012-09-10/champaign-teachers-union-planning-informational-picket-evening.html

 

Did anyone else have any clue that there was a problem? Seems rather sudden to me.

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9 Responses to “Teachers picketing tonight before Board Meeting”

  1. charlesdschultz Says:

    I kicked off a discussion with the PTA Council and several folks have been happy to oblige – it is unfortunate that the Yahoo Group is closed to non-members (you could join if you like….). One member pointed to a booklet that is public, one that attempts to spell out the role of PTAs during strikes and pickets:
    http://illinoispta.org/SBM/Strikes.Protest.Stoppages%20June%2020121p.pdf

    I don’t fully agree with everything in the booklet, but I admit it does give guidance and acts as a good way to get prepared with what can be an emotional event for some.

    PS – I don’t get all the ties to the strike at the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). What does this local information picket have to do with the CPS strikes?

  2. pattsi Says:

    When I click on the above url, the response is that server not found. Is the url accurate?

  3. charlesdschultz Says:

    I hear others are getting that response as well. Try this one:
    http://champaignunit4.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/strikes-protest-stoppages-june-20121p.pdf

  4. charlesdschultz Says:

    “What Next For The PTA? Parents Turn Away From The Century-Old Group” As if we really needed to see the handwriting on the wall.

    Karen, be careful or someone might suspect you of drinking kool-aide from a different pitcher. 🙂

  5. charlesdschultz Says:

    WCIA Channel 3: http://illinoishomepage.net/fulltext?nxd_id=414422

    Had a really good talk with Deb Foertsch before the board meeting, and Anna Simmomn (PTA Council President) joined us as we were talking. The PTA Council might (maybe? possibly?) be setting up some informational meetings with the CFT and the administration just so we in the public can learn a little more about what is going on. Deb reminded us that the CFT doesn’t hate the Board or the administration – we just need to find some middle ground. I mentioned to Deb something along the lines that if I were a board member, I would want to see alternatives – what can be made to work given all the other ramifications on the table?

  6. Lori Says:

    I skimmed through the PTA strike thing. Most points were objective, encouraging PTA not to take sides, except it did encourage the following: “PTA will continue to urge teachers to return to classrooms during negotiations.”

    Isn’t that taking sides? Part of having leverage for teachers is picketing and not being in the classroom.

    And who do they consider the PTA. Board members? Paying members?

  7. charlesdschultz Says:

    Lori,

    When I read the booklet, I got the impression the focus was “do whatever is best for the kiddos”. In that sense, I can see how the official line of the booklet is to encourage (it doesn’t really say how) teachers to return to classrooms.

    Cathy Mannen, the CFT President, made it clear that teachers have been in the classroom and working even though they have no new contract. There was no talk of a strike. It is my observation that the entire thing is to bring the issue to the public’s eye. And it worked to that end, but it is entirely unclear to me what is supposed to happen next. The public doesn’t really exercise leverage on the Board that much (some folks do) – it almost seemed more like a publicity stunt to give the board members pause for thought as they go into the Wednesday negotiating meeting.

    From where I sit, those have got to be hard discussions. If I were a Board Member, I would be struggling to keep my head above water in terms of the budget – it is a few pounds of legalese and something worthy of a CPA.

    Who is considered PTA? In general, not board members in this context. And I don’t think it is limited to paying members – I am not so sure there is a black-and-white qualification. But the booklet definitely refers to a hierachy – the PTA president basically speaks for the PTA, and the PTA Council president speaks for all the PTAs.

    By the way, have you met our PTA Council President? She goes to Carrie Busey and lives in our neighborhood. 🙂

  8. Lori Says:

    Oh I know our PTA Council President. She is 1/2 of the CB decorating duo.


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