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Phone: (630) ***-****  HQ Phone
Illinois Federation of Teachers
500 Oakmont Lane
Westmont , Illinois 60559
United States

Company Description: The Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) represents approximately 95,000 men and women across the state of Illinois. IFT members include elementary and secondary...   more

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Illinois Association of School Boards: School Board Journal, 3 Sept 2007 [cached]
"Teachers need protection," said Terry Knapp, who retired from teaching biology after a 38-year career and became a union activist. Knapp is a member of both the IEA and the IFT, where he served eight years as board vice-president and president of the Peoria teacher's union.
Knapp's union activities began after he was fired for speaking to a school board member about filing a grievance over repayment of a $34 parking bill. The parking tab ended up costing his district employer close to $1 million after legal fees, fines and back pay. And, Knapp regained his job in the end.
Since then, Knapp learned how to be a union activist. He has bargained contracts and counseled "victims" of school districts' whims and caprices.
"Absolute power corrupts absolutely," Knapp said.
And, they signed it," Knapp added.
Knapp, whose Peoria connections include employees of Caterpillar Inc. where workers are now hired on a two-tiered system and pay maxes out at just under $15 per hour, laments the state of union membership today.
"People don't get it today," Knapp said.
"Obviously you haven't spent a lot ..., 19 June 2005 [cached]
"Obviously you haven't spent a lot of time researching this," said Peoria Federation of Teachers President Terry Knapp, who blames the for-profit Edison schools, ad nauseam, for driving the district "into oblivion. He and Tom McLaughlin of the Illinois Federation of Teachers repeatedly referred to the budget numbers as "skewed. The 2000 contract attracted and retained high-quality teachers, which meant "better opportunities" for students. They want to talk merit - no quarrel here - I want to talk affordability. Have to hand it to Knapp. While I'm no fan of his in-your-face style, he is a tenacious, unflinching advocate for teachers and exceedingly effective at it. He also is a master of obfuscation who'd give Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan a run for his money on that score. He wears you down. One can appreciate the temptation in his presence to just cave and say, "OK, take what you want.
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Terry Knapp
Together the six - Peoria Federation ..., 19 June 2005 [cached]
Together the six - Peoria Federation of Teachers President Terry Knapp, Vice President Mary Connett, Treasurer James Lewis, Grievance Chairman Ken Meischner, Secretary Lillie Foreman and Web Coordinator Larry Burdette - earned more than $482,000 this past school year from District 150.
Knapp led the pack at $106,314, including his union stipend of $19,771, which is not paid by District 150 but funneled through the district so it can boost his pension.
Knapp acknowledges that this legislation was another "unfunded mandate from the state," but defends it anyway. "I think it's critical to have recertification. . . . When we started this, we had teachers that hadn't taken a course in 30 years," he said. Moreover, "the district has a bargain with the way they're doing it" because the teachers involved get only a partial classroom release, rather than a full one. "We think it's important to stay in the classroom," he said.
Terry Knapp, former ..., 17 Sept 2010 [cached]
Terry Knapp, former President, Peoria Federation of Teachers
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