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Madison Teachers Join Chicago Union Fight



    While meeting with his Mayoral Youth Advisory Council, made up of 16- to 23-year-old youths from communities across the city, Mayor Rahm Emanuel quickly directed the conversation toward longer school days. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011)

    Fresh off of dealing with the likes of Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin teachers surely think they can handle Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

    So much so that labor leaders from Madison are joining the Chicago Teachers Union Wednesday for a pro-teachers rally.

    "The pre-Labor Day rally [will] support public school teachers in their fight for fairness and to ensure CPS workers are not cheated out of their wages when CPS extends the school year," according to a CTU statement.

    On Thursday, the Chicago Union declined an offer from Chicago Public Schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard to give elementary school teachers a two percent raise in exchange for a 90-minute longer school day.

    "Teachers are now being asked to work 29 percent longer for only a two percent pay increase," said Lewis in a statement. "To that we say thanks, but no thanks."

    The local union on Wednesday will be joined by Madison Teachers Union President Peggy Coyne, Madison Firefighters Union President Joe Conway, Building Trade South Central Wisconsin Executive Director Eric J. Cobb and others.

    “We need to rally our unions and our community to fight for education and a better future for our children,” said organizer and Jane Addams Elementary School teacher Susan Garza in a statement.