May 3, 2012
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today launched a new website designed to provide the public with timely and factual information about the collective bargaining process as negotiations continue between CPS and its seven employee union organizations. This website will serve as a single landing spot for the public to keep abreast of ongoing negotiation and to learn about the process itself. This website can be accessed at www.cps.edu/collectivebargaininginformation.
“As I travel across the District, I’ve found that parents, teachers and community members are hungry for information around the collective bargaining process and how it affects them,” said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. “This site will help meet this demand and allow the public to access high level information related to the process and keep them informed as it continues to unfold in the weeks and months ahead.”
The new website includes fact sheets, timelines, glossary of key terms and other items covering topics the public has inquired about over the past several months during tele-townhalls, listening tours, school visits and other venues. Website visitors will find factual, accurate and current information around the process, all of which will be updated on an ongoing basis.
Yesterday marked the first day of the Fact-Finding process in negotiations between CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). Fact-Finding is conducted by a three person panel composed of one representative from both the CTU and CPS and a neutral Fact-Finder. For the next 75 days both parties will present their proposals and supporting evidence to the Fact-Finder who will issue a report with recommendations on July 16th that could serve as the basis for a new contract should both parties agree to its findings. This process is conducted pursuant to recent education reform legislation passed and signed into law last summer.
“This is a very important process, not just for the parties at the table, but for all students in the district who deserve the highest quality teaching and learning. As a district, we must be responsive to our stakeholders by keeping them informed and providing them with the details they need to become engaged in this process—that’s what this website will help accomplish,” added CEO Brizard.
Chicago Public Schools serves 405,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.