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Sunday: Old Town Teachers Organization musicians to hold "Truth to Power" concert

CHICAGO – This Sunday, the Old Town Teachers Organization (OTTO, IFT Local 909) will present a special “Truth to Power” concert live at ROCKS Northcenter to stand together as they continue their fight for a fair contract and four seats on the board of the Old Town School of Folk Music (OTSFM). OTTO has been bargaining with OTSFM leadership for 26 months for their first union contract.

“As we head into the new year, OTTO is asking that OTSFM make a commitment to bargain with OTTO at least once a week,” said co-presidents Bill Brickey and Jessica Martino. “Let’s get this done. Our teaching artists deserve a fair contract and 4 voting seats on the board. The health of our community depends on it.”

The union will be holding this free concert to come together with the community and build solidarity in their fight for a fair contract and four voting seats on the OTSFM board:

WHAT: Old Town Teachers Organization “Truth to Power” Concert

WHEN: Sunday, December 5 at 5:00 PM

WHO: Teaching artists and OTTO members

WHERE: ROCKS Northcenter, 4138 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

The Old Town Teachers Organization (Local 909) represents more than 200 music, dance, art, and theater teachers at The Old Town School of Folk Music. Teachers worked with Arise Chicago to organize into a union starting in 2017 and voted to affiliate with the Illinois Federation of Teachers in January 2019.

The Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) represents 103,000 teachers and paraprofessionals in PreK-12 school districts throughout Illinois, faculty and staff at Illinois’ community colleges and universities, public employees under every statewide elected constitutional officer, and retirees.


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