Press Release

AFT Stands with Chicago Teachers Union

For Release: 

Monday, June 11, 2012


Marcus Mrowka
202-531-0689 (cell)

WASHINGTON— AFT President Randi Weingarten's statement on the strike authorization vote taken by members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU).

"Today's announcement by CTU that more than 90 percent of its members participated in the strike authorization vote and that 98 percent of them voted yes makes several things clear: Chicago's public school educators are deeply concerned and frustrated about decisions being made that affect their schools, their students and their jobs; and they feel disrespected and demoralized by not having the tools, time and trust they need to help their students succeed. Many doubted the 75 percent threshold could be met; few believed it would be exceeded.
"This level of participation and engagement by Chicago's educators is both inspiring and instructive. It represents not just anger and frustration, but also a real commitment to Chicago's students and a desire to be active participants in building strong public schools that help all Chicago children thrive."

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.