Socialist Teacher Block Deal in Chicago

Socialist Teacher Block Deal in Chicago

[media-credit name="EAG" align="alignright" width="300"][/media-credit]The Chicago Tribune reports that hard core socialists within the teacher's unions are blocking a deal to get teachers back in the classroom. It's amazing they have so much influence and power . . . or is it? Chicago teachers were anxious this morning as they walked the picket line for the seventh day, worried whether union officials will decide today to call off the strike that has kept 350,000 students out of the classroom. “I’m hoping the delegates come to their senses and know that our kids need us,” Mary Silva, a CPS social worker, said outside school headquarters. [...] But as in many labor organizations, Lewis is faced with uniting a membership that spans the political spectrum. In CTU, that ranges from high-ranking officials who have written for socialist websites to more traditional members simply concerned with working conditions. Some of those more radical factions inside and outside her labor organization are now attacking her and others in union leadership. Leaflets calling Lewis a “sellout” for concessions agreed to with CPS were distributed to union delegates at Sunday’s meeting. That phrase surfaced again among frustrated delegates as they left the meeting with few concrete details about the contract proposal and with serious concerns about what they were being asked to sign.

Union 'Lackie' Linked to False Police Report

Union 'Lackie' Linked to False Police Report

[/media-credit] "From day one ...I knew immediately it was the labor unions."In Costa Mesa, California, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer is a champion of worker's rights and big labor doesn't like it.  So they falsely accused him of drunk driving, the OC Register reports: The mystery caller who falsely accused Costa Mesa Councilman Jim Righeimer of driving drunk is a private investigator linked to [Lackie, Dammeier & McGill] law firm that worked for the Costa Mesa Police Association. Dispatch tapes obtained by The Orange County Register identified the caller as Chris Lanzillo. Lanzillo is a fired Riverside police officer who according to a published report got a medical retirement and became a private investigator. Lanzillo worked sometimes for the Upland law firm of Lackie, Dammeier & McGill, which until late last week represented the Costa Mesa police union. The union and city are tied up in contract negotiations. At a news conference Friday, Righeimer blamed employee unions for the "911" call that sent an officer to his home to conduct a sobriety test. Righeimer had just arrived from a local bar, where he had two Diet Cokes. He passed the test, and now wants the District Attorney's Office to look into the incident, noting a similar event in Buena Park in 2010. "What these organizations are doing is trying to get personal dirt on elected officials so that they'll vote against the interest of cities or counties to protect themselves," Righeimer said. "That's what makes this so horrendously wrong. ...It's against the whole American system." Minutes before the news conference, the police union notified the Register that it had fired Lackie Dammeier for being too aggressive. One of the tactics previously touted by the firm was to target a city or county official until he fell into line – and then go after another "victim."