Trouble at AFT’s Chicago Local

By Vaishali Honawar — July 12, 2008 1 min read
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This might not have been the best time for the AFT to go to Chicago. Even as the biennial convention is being held here, in what was the birthplace of the national union, there is a kettle of fish smelling up the local AFT affiliate led by president Marilyn Stewart.

This morning, delegates walking into the convention hall were greeted by the union’s vice-president, Ted Dallas, handing out fliers emblazoned with “Union Democracy Dumped in Chicago.”

Dallas, who ran on Stewart’s slate for the past two elections, has been charged with lavish spending on his union credit card and the union voted to take him to trial. Dallas in turn has sued the union right back, claiming Stewart was a big spender. Read the Chicago Sun Times story.

Meanwhile, what on earth is on with the CTU Web site, which seems to have lost almost all of its content?

A version of this news article first appeared in the NEA & AFT: Live From the Conventions blog.