CHICAGO - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel may be facing action on behalf of Attorney General Lisa Madigan over how he worked to get Chicago Public Schools to stay open an extra 90 minutes per day. The Illinois Educational Labors Board unanimously sided with the Chicago Teacher's Union and against Emanuel's tactics to make changes quickly to the teachers' contract. AP reports:
The union alleges the school board engaged in unfair labor practices and hasn't bargained in good faith in pushing for the longer school day a year ahead of when new state legislation will allow for it anyway. The union accuses principals of telling teachers their schools would close if they didn't side with Emanuel, ordering union representatives out of their buildings and allowing non-teachers to vote.
The labor board found last week that the union's allegations warranted a full hearing, set for Dec. 14.
Teachers union attorney Robert Bloch told labor board members Thursday that the Chicago Board of Education "would end collective bargaining as we know it in in Illinois" if it's allowed to continue its current push for a longer day.