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Thu Jun 7, 2012, 07:26 AM

As teachers cast votes, CPS wants access to ballots

As Wednesday’s strike authorization vote began, a battle began brewing between the district and the Chicago Teachers Union over the voting process itself.

CEO Jean- Claude Brizard’s team asked the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board to issue an emergency order to have the union secure election material and provide the IELRB and the district access to them. The district wants 20 different pieces of material from a copy of the ballot to the “educational flyer provided to each member explaining the reasons for the strike authorization vote” to information on the messenger services retained to deliver ballot boxes.

In a letter to the IELRB, district lawyers argue that because Senate Bill 7 sets out a process for how a strike should occur, the labor relations board has the power to monitor it.

“We want to make sure there is integrity in the process,” Brizard said.

CTU President Karen Lewis countered that CPS has no right to the material. Union officials already said they planned to have local clergy observe the vote-counting and will preserve the ballots.

more . . . http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook/2012/06/06/20163/teachers-cast-votes-cps-wants-access-ballots#.T9AZvfc26V4.email

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proud2BlibKansan Jun 2012 OP
Sherman A1 Jun 2012 #1

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Thu Jun 7, 2012, 07:30 AM

1. The can go straight to.........

CPS has no right whatsoever to the strike authorization balloting. They are not part of the bargaining unit. Simple enough even for them to understand.

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