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Chicago Teachers Union Turns On Mayor Rahm Emanuel

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The Chicago Teachers Union called for the immediate resignation of Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool Wednesday, issuing a no-confidence vote against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2015 appointee.

In a blistering letter, the union accused Claypool of efforts to “dismantle and sabotage the Chicago Public Schools.” The union accused the pubic school chief of “frivolously lining the pockets of wealthy investors.”

“The efficiency measures proposed by Chicago Public  Schools and imposed by the Chicago Board of Education have led to mass privatization, costly contracts, program cuts, mass layoffs, and an increased inefficiency of our public school services,” the union said in a scathing letter Wednesday.

Maoy Emanuel defended Claypool, saying that the former mayoral chief of staff had his “complete confidence.”

“Instead of throwing stones at each other, everyone who cares about Chicago’s schools and Chicago’s students should be focused on coming together to fight for fair funding in Springfield,” Mayor Emanuel said in a statement.

Claypool was instrumental in 2016 contract negotiations between Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the teachers union. The new contract, which phases out the historic practice of contributing to teachers pensions, was a heavy lift for Emanuel’s office. Tempers flared as the teachers came close to a complete walk-out. (RELATED: Mayor Emanuel Dodges Third Teachers Strike Under His Tenure)

The CEO irked union members when he announced that all staff would have to partake in four unpaid furlough days this spring. The furloughs, which will take place on four dates that students are not scheduled to be in school, is expected to save the District $35 million, according to officials.

The four unpaid furlough days, which will impact both union and non-union employees, will take place February 3, April 7, June 21 and June 22.

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