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The Chicago Lecturers Union votes to maintain present management


After a contentious run-up to the election, the incumbent management group often known as Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) will retain energy over the Chicago Lecturers Union for an additional three years, defeating two slates who seemed to unseat the group that has steered the union for over a decade.

CORE averted a runoff election by profitable 56% of the vote, the Chicago Lecturers Union introduced early Saturday morning.  Challenger group Members First earned 27%, and the slate Respect, Educate, Advocate, and Lead, or REAL, acquired 17% of the vote.

In a press release to rank-and-file members, outgoing president Jesse Sharkey acknowledged the extraordinarily difficult three years for members, who’ve gone by way of an 11-day strike, the continued pandemic, and “two brutal college reopening campaigns to guard your security and that of your college communities.”

“This explicit election noticed competing visions from three slates vying for management of our union,” Sharkey mentioned, who acknowledged the heated debates operating as much as the election. “It’s time for us to come back collectively for therapeutic, and the solidarity that anchor our power.”

Stacy Davis Gates will exchange Sharkey, who introduced earlier this yr he wouldn’t search re-election. Different officers are Jackson Potter, vice chairman, Maria Morena, chief monetary secretary, and Christel Williams-Hayes, recording secretary. CORE was first elected in 2010.

Gates will lead the union because the district continues to navigate the fallout from the pandemic. The upcoming mayoral election and transition to an elected college board is on the horizon and will see the union leaders exercising their political muscle. 

The interval resulting in the union election has been tense. Union management sued a former advisor to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Lisa Schneider Fabes, arguing {that a} social media marketing campaign backing Members First amounted to unlawful exterior meddling.  

In the course of the election, Members First criticized present management for overreaching on social points indirectly linked to the classroom as a substitute of staying centered on extra conventional considerations akin to prep time and compensation. Members First additionally mentioned the union was too fast to strike in January, pointing to a standoff with the mayor’s workplace that produced modest modifications to security protocols amid the omicron surge.

REAL additionally criticized the dealing with of the strike. They argued that present management was  disconnected from rank-and-file members and spent an excessive amount of cash supporting political candidates with out giving members a full accounting. 

All through the pandemic, CORE management has pushed the district to undertake strict security methods. A name for an settlement got here to a head in January when lecturers voted to stroll out and train remotely over security considerations. The district canceled courses and locked lecturers out of distant instruction software program throughout the standoff.

CORE management has criticized the district’s proposed funds cuts for the upcoming years, saying Chicago Public Faculties ought to be pouring extra assets to colleges which are nonetheless coping with pandemic fallout. 

Winners within the election will serve three-year phrases that start July 1 and finish June 30, 2025.

Mauricio Peña is a reporter for Chalkbeat Chicago, masking Ok-12 colleges. Contact Mauricio at mpena@chalkbeat.org.

Mila Koumpilova is Chalkbeat Chicago’s senior reporter masking Chicago Public Faculties. Contact Mila at mkoumpilova@chalkbeat.org.



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