Internal union politics is probably the last place that an education group like ourselves should be getting involved. However, sometimes a candidate or a group of candidates come along that you have no choice, but to proclaim your admiration and support for. In the Chicago Teachers Union election, The Coalition to Save Our Union is just such a group.
We do not like activist teacher's unions. They bother us and bring visions of future class warfare or something. Karen Lewis seems to have the Chicago teachers protesting something every single week. We would much prefer a different type of leader, someone like Tanya Sanders-Wolff who knows that you don't have to open your mouth to let your voice be heard.
While CORE is all about confrontation, TCTSOU is more about compromise. When the current teachers contract was negotiated, neither Saunders-Wolff nor Ochoa felt the need to say anything against it when they were on the bargaining team. They didn't have to. That's what power is all about.
Even know, one can look at the web page, the face book page, and twitter feed of The Coalition to Save Our Union and you won't find a policy statement. Their concrete ideas are that Karen Lewis is a bad President and that they:
1. Believe in power in the Streets as well as the suites
2. Believe that CTU must both organize and service members
3. Believe that teachers and school staff know best about their schools
When your policy goals can fit onto a cocktail napkin or matchbook, you never have to worry about breaking a campaign promise and isn't that refreshing?
Finally, electing TCTSOU will make for a more democratic union. Look how CTU meetings were when PACT was the opposition and UPC was in charge: