Posted May 09, 2019 05:12:30A union that’s been on the defensive in the teachers union battle is coming out swinging against the Chicago teachers union and the other major teachers’ union in Illinois.
The CTU, which represents about 1 million public school teachers in the state, has not yet responded to the union’s call for a strike.
However, the union on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in Chicago’s U.S. District Court against the city, saying it has been in negotiations with the CTU for two years, and that negotiations are underway for a third.
“This is a sham,” CTU president Karen Lewis said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The Chicago Teachers’ Union has been bargaining for years.
The union’s demands for a $15 minimum wage and improved health care benefits are entirely reasonable.
The Chicago Teachers have a clear plan for the future of our public school system.
It is the union, not the city that has failed to act on these demands.”
The CTUs’ suit comes after union members at a city council meeting in September called for a union strike and called for an end to the city’s failed teacher recruitment effort, calling the CTUs tactics “unconstitutional” and a “disgrace.”
In September, a CTU strike vote came in the opposite direction.
A vote for a walkout came after the union failed to get the support of the city.
In September 2017, a vote for strikes came after a year of talks with the union.
The city was not happy with what it saw as the CTAs tactics of trying to get rid of the union and its allies.
The teachers union’s suit was filed Tuesday on behalf of more than 2,200 public school and charter schools, with some representing students in the public school sector and others serving students in charter schools.
The suit, which also names Chicago Public Schools Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, seeks to have the city to pay the union for the use of public school facilities, such as parking lots and classrooms, for a period of up to three years.
According to the lawsuit, the CTIs plan is “unjustified, discriminatory and unreasonable,” and is “based on an unwarranted assumption that the CTIU will make concessions that would make teachers more productive and effective teachers.”
Lewis, who is also president of the Chicago Federation of Teachers, said in her statement that the union was “looking forward to negotiating with the city on a plan that would provide a fair contract for our members.”
Lewis did not address the lawsuit directly, but said she was pleased the CTs suit was coming out.
“We know this city is willing to work with our teachers, and it’s up to the City of Chicago to ensure that they have a fair deal for all of our teachers,” Lewis said.
“They need to do a better job of communicating to us, and we want them to have a plan to work toward.”