SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
IFT wins major UNO contract

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014

* Interesting stuff from Greg Hinz

On a day when strong charter-school advocate Bruce Rauner is expected to win the GOP nomination for governor, the movement suffered what many would consider an off-setting defeat to its biggest foe: organized labor.

In an ironic touch to this Election Day, the Illinois Federation of Teachers announced that staffers at the United Neighborhood Organization charter network, the biggest in the city, have overwhelmingly ratified their first, union-negotiated contract.

The vote, described by the federation as “nearly unanimous,” will cover more than 500 teachers and staff at 16 UNO schools and comes about a year after 90 percent of those employees voted to affiliate.

Twenty-nine charter schools, nearly a quarter of the city’s total, now have voted to unionize with the federation, and organizing efforts are underway at some others, according to the union.

* From Catalyst Chicago

Union organizers say the contract, approved in a 445-to-16 vote, sets a “gold standard” for future charter school labor agreements across the country. It includes:

    * A salary schedule based on years of experience and educational attainment that will raise some employees’ salaries by as much as $10,000. Pay increases will be retroactive to the beginning of this school year.

    * Elimination of year-end bonuses based on evaluations that employees say used inconsistent metrics and fueled resentment among colleagues.

    * A “just cause” provision for terminations and a grievance procedure.

    * Paid and unpaid release time for bargaining unit members to do union-related work.

    * A longer summer break for teachers. Previously, teachers and staff had four weeks of summer vacation; now they will have five weeks under the new contract. However, the total number of instructional days remain unchanged.

“This contract will give a lot of people hope that [the charter network] is a place they can stay at for more than a year or two and grow as teachers and professionals without thinking their jobs are going to be on the line at the end of the year,” said Mallory Bruno, a special education teacher at UNO’s Octavio Paz Elementary School. “The salary schedule is so appealing now, I look forward to staying here for years to come.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        


19 Comments
  1. - MrJM - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 4:19 pm:

    Congratulations to the teachers and staff at the UNO schools.

    – MrJM


  2. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 4:20 pm:

    Interesting. I wonder it that takes the air out of the tires of the Rahm/Rauner charter push.

    Of course, Rauner moved heaven and earth to send his kid to a school with teachers represented by the CTU, so maybe unions aren’t all bad.


  3. - Walker - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 4:23 pm:

    Good for IFT.

    They’re the best of the teacher unions/associations, IMHO. The best calm, professional, problem-solving negotiators.


  4. - Norseman - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 4:23 pm:

    Evidently someone forgot to tell them how evil unions are.


  5. - Dave Victor - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 4:26 pm:

    And that’s the end of charter schools.


  6. - Whale watcher - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 4:33 pm:

    A big FELICIATCIONES TO IFT AND LOS MAESTROS Who WORK FOR UNO!! Good day for the working class so far…go GUZZ.


  7. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 4:38 pm:

    Congratulations to these teachers for protecting their rights as workers against corporatist education that is bad for students and bad for teachers.


  8. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 4:44 pm:

    Congratulations to the teachers for voting to be in a union.

    This is why I’m so glad to live in Illinois and not in Tennessee, where billionaires, their front groups and politicians wage wars against unionization and collective bargaining. Wait, what am I talking about? We have Mr. Rauner here who has embarked on this mission.

    Union membership is so much more than rhetoric. It’s about having more money to fix broken things that keep coming up, like cars and houses. It’s about less debt and more disposable income. It’s about less worry over having enough money to live a middle class lifestyle. It’s about being able to enjoy life a little bit more, maybe take out the family for dinner more, or go on a vacation.

    Good for them.

    Boy, I see my share of bad news for unions. It’s good to get this kind of news, once in a while.


  9. - ZC - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 4:46 pm:

    There is absolutely no necessary conflict between the concept of teacher unions, and the concept of charter schools.

    The New York Times ran an interesting op-ed on this subject last Sunday, talking about the Eagle Academy schools in NY, which look very much like the “charter school success story” but which use unionized instructors:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/nyregion/in-debate-on-charter-schools-hybrids-offer-an-answer.html?_r=0


  10. - Jim'e' - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 4:57 pm:

    If the report is accurate, I’m curious as to why the “lane” payment was included in the contract. It seems to be a standard for teacher contracts. I value higher education and post graduate degrees, but should simply having additional hours automatically result in higher paty? Or maybe they aren’t as bad as steps based simply on lengevity. It just seems so old “school” to me.


  11. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 5:00 pm:

    The Tribune editorial board is gonna have an apoplectic fit’

    You can’t hire and keep quality teachers without certain protections provided by a collective bargaining agreement. This is a plus for charter schools, whether Emanuel, Rauner or Bruce Dold will admit it.


  12. - Filmmaker Professor - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 5:07 pm:

    Great news. The ultimate purpose of charters has always been to destroy the teacher’s unions.


  13. - DuPage - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 5:30 pm:

    Do the charter teachers get health insurance and TRS?


  14. - olddog - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 5:32 pm:

    A big step in the right direction. Now if we can just get the charter schools’ snouts out of the public trough, we’ll be getting somewhere.


  15. - Corporate Thug - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 5:59 pm:

    Yup, trib won’t like this! Congrats to the teachers. Hope this continues.


  16. - Reader - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 7:41 pm:

    We’ll, if the student performance doesn’t improve at these schools, then we know who to blame. Hope it works out for the kids. Their futures depend on it!


  17. - Courser - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 8:14 pm:

    Congratulations to the teachers at UNO and the IFT. The wheel is coming around and people are finally starting to see the light. Unions are this country’s last and best defense against the billionaires who are buying our government outright.


  18. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 9:49 pm:

    –We’ll, if the student performance doesn’t improve at these schools,–

    Ugh, how will we find that out, more expensive standardized testing? Teach to the tests?

    As has been pointed out by others, Payton Prep does great with union teachers. So does New Trier. What’s Bruce’s beef?


  19. - olddog - Tuesday, Mar 18, 14 @ 10:14 pm:

    === if the student performance doesn’t improve at these schools, then we know who to blame. ===

    Don’t you think your teacher-bashing would be more convincing if you had some factual evidence?


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Rauner pals give $5 million to Munger
* Question of the day
* SEIU's big error and Madigan's "reign of terror"
* CTBA: Deficit is far higher than both Rauner and COGFA projections
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Update to today’s edition
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Nearly 200,000 kids face new and confusing vaccine rules
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Fair share suit initiated by Rauner dismissed by federal judge
* State's attorneys and their enemies behaving badly
* On the bright side...
* C'mon, the Tribune endorsement makes perfect sense
* Rauner gets way ahead of himself on pension reform claim
* *** UPDATED x1 - Court: Expensive cars can't be seized *** "Every year, police take millions of dollars from ordinary Chicagoans and spend it behind closed doors"
* Is Munger's Rauner money coming soon?
* Report: Tribune relationship with Illinois Policy Institute columnist "under review"
* Kirk not getting Senate super PAC money, won't do some Chicago debates, called "disgraceful" in new TV ad
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............
<


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

  
* [Deal] Save on HTC devices through October 8, including $150 off the HTC 10
* Google Hyperdrives to Andromeda, and Blackberry Black-holes | #PNWeekly 220
* iPhone 7 sales expansion happens in three waves through October
* DROID Turbo 2 gets Wi-Fi Calling on Verizon
* French Apple Store smashed by man who felt jilted on warranty
* Android Pay to stop supporting legacy cards from Google Wallet on October 15
* Here’s how you can stop jumping back and forth between Google’s calendar and map apps

* White Sox win behind Rodon's record-tying start
* Rodon K's 7 to start game, ties AL record
* White Sox win behind Rodon's record-tying start
* Shields to take mound as White Sox face Twins
* Rodon K's 7 to start game, ties AL record
* Rodon K's 7 to start game, ties AL record
* Frazier shows respect to pitchers who get him out

...............


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* THE WATCHDOGS: Rauner-Madigan money trees sprou.....
* State schools see bigger enrollment drops than .....
* Crisis pregnancy centers sue governor, Illinois.....
* Governor Rauner says he is voting for Trump. – .....
* S&P cuts Illinois' credit rating on state's 'we.....
* Crisis pregnancy centers sue governor, Illinois.....


* FBI video to show Illinois teens how to act in traffic stops
* Judge throws out verdict against off-duty Chicago officer
* Invasive stink bug spreads to more Illinois counties
* Chicago apartments once home to cultural icons reopen
* EXCHANGE: Woodstock resident raising aneurysm awareness
* EXCHANGE: Veteran has PTSD, and desire to help others
* Chicago to redevelop what would have been Olympic Village
* 'Death Wish' remake to cause street closures in Chicago
* Decatur Airport celebrates 70th anniversary at current site
* Prosecutors want crackdown on websites selling illegal sex

* Fact check: Kirk ads attacking Duckworth's VA work omit key facts
* WWII vet 'outraged' over being used on local campaign fliers
* Crisis pregnancy centers sue state over abortion-referral requirements
* Fact check: Kirk ads attacking Duckworth's VA work key facts
* Kirk ads attacking Duckworth's work at VA omit key facts
* Federal judge won't reverse ruling on Illinois voter registration
* Rauner's deficit projection $2.4B less than lawmakers'
* Rauner, Democrat lawmakers urge passage of inmate ID bill
* State of Illinois caught up on CWLP bills

* Groupon to turn over workforce data in race discrimination case
* Illinois to suspend Wells Fargo from bond, investing work
* Obscure court case could hold key to schools funding reform
* Homegrown banks grab more market share
* Former U of C Law dean, Neal Gerber founder dies


* Elgin man charged with burglarizing vehicle
* Woman dies after being struck by Red Line train
* Obama guidance, press schedule Oct. 1, 2, 2016. Chicago next week
* Study exposes vicious cycle of community violence on youth
* Two people critically wounded in Little Village shooting
* Brown: Some Chicagoans just couldn’t wait to vote for president
* THE WATCHDOGS: Rauner-Madigan money trees sprouting millions
* THE WATCHDOGS: Rauner-Madigan money trees sprouting millions
* St. Sabina history: From Irish to black, closure list to thriving
* Man fatally struck by train in Lake Station


* Experts offer tips for next debate to Trump, Clinton
* Family protests release of killer who tortured Aurora mom
* Category 4 Hurricane Matthew soaks Colombia, heads north for Jamaica and Cuba
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 10/1/16
* Is Donald Trump funny anymore? 'Saturday Night Live' weighs its take on The Donald
* Toxic heroin additive W-18 detected in Will County
* For winless Bears taking on beatable Lions at home, it's a matter of pride
* Quick trip around Major League Baseball
* Look how far the Bears have fallen, and they can't seem to get up
* Philippines president compares himself to Hitler; 'happy to slaughter' drug addicts


The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.


* Fact check: Kirk ads attacking Duckworth's VA work omit key facts
* WWII vet 'outraged' over being used on local campaign fliers
* Charles Krauthammer: When facts, logic and history don't matter
* U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis: Community policing is realistic, effective
* Crisis pregnancy centers sue state over abortion-referral requirements
* Fact check: Kirk ads attacking Duckworth's VA work key facts
* Kirk ads attacking Duckworth's work at VA omit key facts
* Federal judge won't reverse ruling on Illinois voter registration
* Rauner's deficit projection $2.4B less than lawmakers'
* Our View: You have no excuse not to vote


* Coffee with the Plant Experts 10-01-16
* PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 10-01-16
* Daily Digest 10/1/16
* NCHS, IWU grad to talk about 'Book of Secrets'
* From the streets to tree stands: Couple finds peace through hunting
* PODCAST: The Roofing Dog 10-1-16
* PODCAST: Holder Wealth Management 10-1-16
* Local pumpkin patches to explore
* Towanda Barnes-Ireland Grove intersection to be improved
* This day in history, Oct. 1, 2016


* Boyfriend charged with killing woman found at Bensenville golf course
* Barn on Cuneo grounds is yours for $1, but you have to move it
* Lake Zurich brothers launch adventure filmmaking business
* Police: New charges for driver, bicyclist partly to blame for own death
* Mega-Hurricane Matthew threatens Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Sen. Dick Durbin to campaign for Hillary C......

* City rail awarded $3.42M grant - Rochelle ......
* Sen. Kirk Introduces Resolution to Support......
* Sen. Kirk Introduces Bill on Refund of Exc......

* Polls favor Trump over Clinton in first debate
* This week's "don't miss" Illinois Review stories
* Alliance ratings of retention judges released
* Keeping retirement weird. Per diems, personal and sick days.
* CBA suggests "yes" vote for every retention judge; CCL agrees, with three dissents
* Red line extension moves forward
* “If Somebody Would Call Sean Hannity.” A poem by Donald Trump.
* Pet Blessings In Honor Of St Francis Today and Next Sunday
* Will anyone vote for Gary Johnson just because the Chicago Tribune said to?
* Shadow Congressman


* October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
* Illinois awarded $1 million grant to pilot person-centered supportive services program - Program will help persons living with or those at high-risk of developing Alzheimer’s and related dementia
* Governor Rauner Urges Action on Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Recidivism
* Governor Rauner Encourages Illinoisans to Receive Flu Shot
* Honoring Former President and Prime Minister of Israel - United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Friday, September 30, 2016.




      Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller