"I will continue to be a member of CORE to push forward our vision and to add onto the many things CTU has accomplished for our students and the rank-and-file."
Hello, my name is Ida Hathaway. I am a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and have been with CPS for 20 and a half years. I have been a PSRP Functional Vice President on the executive board, member of the CTU Human Rights Committee, and am currently a citywide PSRP delegate. I am also a proud member of CORE.
I came to my first CORE meeting after being invited by two other PSRPs and had to know what it was about. After two meetings, I became a dues-paying member because I liked what I heard. The members were passionate and engaged as they discussed their vision for the future. That was five years ago, and I will continue to be a member of CORE to push forward our vision and to add onto the many things CTU has accomplished for our students and the rank-and-file.
As a member of the contract bargaining team, I have seen firsthand that CTU fights for ALL of its members. Our Recording Secretary Christel Williams-Hayes, a self-proclaimed "PSRP for life," helps to center the needs of our members. Since CORE has taken office, PSRPs have seen significant increases in pay. There is still more to be won: increased control over our pensions, the ability to sub in retirement without jeopardizing our pensions, the addition of steps in our salary schedule. CORE's leadership is willing to take these fights on. I am supporting the CORE slate, including Christel Williams-Hayes, in our upcoming CTU election because I know they will continue to advocate for and with ALL of our members.