H.W.C. Professional Contract Exploration Committee

Dear Union Sisters and Brothers,

In an effort to post immediate updates and try to avoid confusion, I am reviving the blog for meetings announcements and updates.  (I will still use other means, but given the room reservation challenges and different meetings, I am using the blog for final meeting announcements.)

I am also separating the announcements for H.W.C. FacultyH.W.C. ProfessionalsDistrict Professionals, and Security Contract Explorations.  Right now, we are focusing on the Faculty and Professionals.  We will focus on Security when Mr. Fitzgerald starts meetings again.

To that end H.W.C. Professional Contract Committee is scheduled on the following days:

Friday, October 21, from 2p.m. to 3p.m. in 609 

==>Friday, November 11, afternoon in 612

(Should we have one in December?)

In Solidarity,

María (Jesú) Estrada, Ph.D
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Chapter Chair
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Grievance Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U. Legislative Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U.-District Insurance Committee Member
Twitter:  @drmariajestrada
Facebook:  Maria Jesu Estrada
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Upcoming Faculty Contract Exploration Meetings

Dear Union Sisters and Brothers,

In an effort to post immediate updates and try to avoid confusion, I am reviving the blog for meeting announcements and updates.  (I will still use other means, but given the room reservation challenges and different meetings, I am using the union blog.)

I am also separating the  announcements for H.W.C. Faculty, H.W.C. Professionals, District Professionals, and Security Contract Explorations.  Right now, we are focusing on the Faculty and Professionals.  We will focus on Security when Mr. Fitzgerald starts meetings again.

To that end H.W.C. Faculty Contract Committees are scheduled on the following days:

Thursday, October 20, from 2p.m. to 3p.m. in 1046.  

Thursday, November 10, from 2p.m. to 3p.m. in 1046. 

(Should we have one in December?)

All Faculty Contract exploration meetings will take place in 1046 from now on.  We plan on meeting once a month for now.

In Solidarity,

María (Jesú) Estrada, Ph.D
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Chapter Chair
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Grievance Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U. Legislative Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U.-District Insurance Committee Member
Twitter:  @drmariajestrada
Facebook:  Maria Jesu Estrada
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Important Lobby Day, Wednesday, April 20th

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Dear Union Sisters and Brothers,

Important Lobby Day, this Wednesday, April 20th! We need teachers and your students to be there.

Thanks to our union leadership, President Tony Johnston and his efforts in reaching politicians, and our collective efforts, our union bill (not the CPS one) to have an elected school board is at the hearing level in Springfield. That is a huge victory!

But, we need your students, to address these politicians to vote on, and push our bill forward. We can provide transportation and hotel accommodations for our student speakers.

If you have students who may be interested, connect them to Sean Noonan, CCCTU Legislative Chair.  I can provide that information via my gmail.

We will also be protesting Rauner and having a demonstration at the capital and outside his mansion.

Join us! Fight for our students!  Fight for our futures!  We can do this together, all of us. 

I have four seats available, for anyone else who wants to come the day of to lobby for our interests, but you will be traveling with my whole family.  We will leave at 6a.m.

In Solidarity,

María (Jesú) Estrada, Ph.D
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Chapter Chair
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Grievance Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U. Legislative Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U.-District Insurance Committee Member
Twitter:  @drmariajestrada
Facebook:  Maria Jesu Estrada

H.W.C. Professionals May Attend the Union Banquet, May 13.

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Dear Union Sisters and Brothers,

To support our scholarship winners, HR has agreed to have you attend the May 13th banquet.  See the Google list for the full email.

If you attend you must:

  

   (1)  Notify AND get permission to attend from your supervisor.
   (2)  You must get confirmation of your schedule change.

   (3)  Make up your time the day you come to the banquet.  (I know, it wasn’t a  total win.  District sisters and brother, I am going to try to get the same deal from the Director of HR there.)

To that end, we will have the scholarships awarded from 2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. and continue with the program after that.  There is a great probability that we will give out other awards from 3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.  I am also inviting a special guest to attend.  More information is coming. 

Finally, we will have an dessert table as well as some live music performed by our students (not a band), to ease some of the pain of not having wine or drinks.  Furthermore, we will have donation-based raffles since we can’t sell tickets, sans bottles of alcohol. 

It will be the best non-alcoholic banquet ever!

María (Jesú) Estrada, Ph.D
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Chapter Chair
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Grievance Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U. Legislative Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U.-District Insurance Committee Member
Twitter:  @drmariajestrada
Facebook:  Maria Jesu Estrada

More April 1st Images

I will post pictures as I get approval to post them.  We had so many union members, both from the city and suburbs, attend, it really was another beautiful solidarity action!  Let’s keep the momentum going.

Below, our student ally Victor Guzman with a member of a Japanese delegation.  They were part of the Fight for $15 group.  (We are pound of you Victor!)studentwithvictor.jpgstudentvictorguzman

 

Security Contract Vote

Dear Security Sisters and Brothers,

Soon, you will be receiving the ballots to approve or defeat your contract proposal.  The ballots will go to your home mail boxes; they should include the contract language.

All I know is that the bargaining team agreed to begin at a 6% raise and end at an 8% raise.  You should get retroactive pay.

Along with your security reps, Walter Walden (HW) and Wade Wonsey (District), I am working on a paper announcement, but please let your security officer sisters and brother know about the upcoming vote.

Please vote, as the amount of responses sends a signal to District, and unfortunately because of District politics, you will enter into another Contract negotiation soon.  Get organized, get ready!  Know that faculty, professionals, and part-time professionals, 1708, CLOC, and others stand with you.  

You deserve way more than a pay raise.  You deserve equitable pay and more benefits.  

In Solidarity,

Jesú Estrada, Ph.D.

May District Union Meeting, May 6

District Local 1600, Sanctioned
Union Meeting

When:          Friday, May 6, 11: 00a.m. to 1:00 p.m. *This is a change from the original April 29th date.

Where:          Room 309

The various topics will include union actions/campaigns, chapter reports, election results, and ongoing member issues. We will focus on the Security issues at 11am., then, Professional issues. A brief educational on the Contract will follow.

Lunch will be provided.

Also mark your calendars for the following meetings:

  • May Scholarship Banquet, Friday, May 13, 2p.m. to 5p.m., room 1115, at Harold Washington College, 30 East Lake Street. Cost $15.

  • At least one summer meeting, TBA

Also, please note, that H.R. has requested that you notify your supervisor, if you are attending the meeting, even though the sanctioned notice to administration should suffice.

If you have further questions, feel free to call me.  You can also contact Wade Wonsey, Security Representative at District.

Can You Doodle Poll?

Well, if you can, and it is quite easy, please respond to the following Doodle Poll:

https://doodle.com/poll/ehmstfcvf2uzhvgw

I need to know if May 13 is the best day to have our scholarship banquet.  It only takes a few moments to pick dates.

María (Jesú) Estrada, Ph.D
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Chapter Chair
H.W.C./District Local 1600, Grievance Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U. Legislative Committee Member
C.C.C.T.U.-District Insurance Committee Member
Twitter:  @drmariajestrada
Facebook:  Maria Jesu Estrada

Union Members, feel free to call or text me.  I will have to wait until I am done teaching and finished with office hours to contact you.

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”― Frank Herbert, _Dune_

April 1st Actions!

Sisters and Brothers,

We stood strong at the townhall meeting on Monday, and the Tuesday Union meeting had a great attendance. Let’s rock this event even harder and stand up for our students and our futures!

From Local 1600: Join us Fri, Apr 1 at the Local 1600 office 208 W. Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654 at 3 PM as we march to the Thompson Center to join with thousands of Chicago Teachers Union members fighting for public education ‪#‎ShutDownChi‬ ‪#‎fightforfunding‬ ‪#‎solidarity‬

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