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Rahm Emanuel Faces Teacher Strike In Fall

From Chicago’s NBC affiliate, WMAQ-TV:

Nearly 90 Percent of Teachers Authorize Strike

By Mary Ann Ahern
Monday, Jun 11, 2012

Nearly 90 percent of union-represented Chicago Public Schools teachers voted to authorize a strike, the Chicago Teachers Union said Monday. The vote not only exceeded the 75 percent required by state law, but some school networks voted 100 percent to authorize a strike, the union said

When the school year begins. When it will hurt the most.

“The results are not a win,” said CTU President Karen Lewis. “They are an indictment on the state of the relationship between the management of CPS [Chicago Public Schools] and its largest labor force.”

CPS and CTU are currently in contract negotiations but union leaders say talks are far apart when it comes to teacher pay and how teachers will be compensated for longer school days.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel last year rescinded a four percent pay increase and pushed for a longer school day. CPS has since proposed a five-year contract which guarantees teachers a two percent raise in their first year and lengthens the school day by 20 percent.

“They asked for a 20 percent increase in our school day and year, so we asked for a 20 percent concomitant raise to that. They stole four percent of our raises from the last contract, so we asked for that. Then we asked for a five percent raise,” said Lewis

Notice that the teachers look at budget cuts as ‘stealing’ from them.

“Our teachers deserve a raise, but our kids don’t deserve a strike and taxpayers cannot afford to pay for 30 percent raises,” said Sarah Hamilton, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s director of communications

Huh? This kind of crazy talk is coming from Rahm Emanuel’s office?

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Rahm Emanuel Faces Teacher Strike In Fall”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Public sector unions, legalized crime.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    I hope and pray to see Unionized Chicago Police with truncheons tear gas and dogs going head to head in the streets with Union thug teachers armed with desks and chairs …

    Time for popcorn and beer, sit back and cheer

  3. JohnMG says:

    Strike all the way through to the elections. Since these kids graduate without knowing anything anyway, what difference does it make to the teachers. If I hear once more from these charlatans….”It’s for the children…..” I’ll puke.

    As to everything else in Chicago………….”Frankly, I don’t give a damn!” They deserve themselves.


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