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Karen Lewis easily wins second term leading Chicago Teachers Union

Updated: May 17, 2013 10:34PM



Chicago Public School teachers voted Friday to keep the union president who led them through a historic strike, rejecting a candidate from a coalition of parties that have run the union before.

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis easily won re-election to her second term, getting 80 percent of the vote in preliminary results released by the union. Other union officers on her slate, the Caucus of Rank and File Educators, were also re-elected.

“Lewis thanked the members for a vote of confidence,” said union spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin. “This represents the fact that they believe this union is moving in the right direction and standing up for public education.”

Lewis’ opponent, Tanya Saunders-Wolffe, had criticized Lewis’s leadership for not doing enough to stave off school closings.

The election was held on the eve of a three-day series of marches across the city organized by the union to protest planned school closings.

Union vice president Jesse Sharkey was among the officers re-elected. “I think it means that the members of the union are still interested in carrying on the fight we started,” he said.

Also returning to their posts are financial secretary Kristine Mayle, and recording secretary Michael Brunson.



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