Chicago teachers walk out, schools close

posted at 10:01 am on September 10, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Parents in Chicago had to scramble today as teachers walked out last night after weeks of contract negotiations, launching their first strike in 25 years.  Already the nation’s first- or second-best paid teachers among urban school districts, the union rejected an offer from the school board that would have increased their pay by 16% over four years:

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis announced late Sunday night that weekend talks had failed to resolve all the union’s issues.  “We have failed to reach an agreement that will prevent a labor strike,” she said. “No CTU members will be inside of our schools Monday.”

After an all-day negotiating session Sunday, school board President David Vitale told reporters the district had changed its proposal 20 times over the course of talks and didn’t have much more to offer.

“This is about as much as we can do,” Vitale said. “There is only so much money in the system.”

The district said it offered teachers a 16 percent pay raise over four years and a host of benefit proposals.

“This is not a small commitment we’re handing out at a time when our fiscal situation is really challenged,” Vitale said.

CBS correspondent Rebecca Jarvis notes the hardship that teachers in Chicago endure already (via Katie Pavlich):

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The strike does not affect charter schools — which is one of the reasons the CTU has taken such a hard line in negotiations.  However, the strike might end up backfiring on them:

Leslie Daniels enrolled her son in a Chicago charter school three years ago because she didn’t like the education he was getting in his local neighborhood school.

In the back of her mind, she also knew the school was less likely to be affected by labor problems because its teachers are not members of the Chicago Teachers Union. That’s an added benefit now that the union has called for its first walkout in 25 years. All of the city’s charter schools will remain open Monday.

“I’m glad I made the switch,” said Daniels, 55. “I feel for the other parents because a lot of them are working. What are their children going to be doing?” …

The Chicago Teachers Union has fought the growth of charter schools because the majority of teaching staffs are not members of unions and none belong to CTU. Union leaders argue that charters devalue the profession by paying their teachers less, and that public money is diverted from struggling neighborhood schools to support charters, even when charters don’t perform significantly better.

Charter operators said more parents have been asking about the schools in the last several weeks since union teachers first threatened to strike, and charter supporters are capitalizing.

Something tells me that rejecting an offer for a 16% increase over four years won’t exactly sit well with a public that has seen median household incomes decrease by more than 7% over the last four years on a national basis.  The CTU wants Chicago to weaken its teacher evaluation process and clamp down on charter school expansion, which they say threatens their job security.  However, as the numbers above show, it’s the parents/taxpayers that want an option outside the CTU stranglehold on education — and the CTU’s own delivery of education that threatens their standing.  Going on strike will only reinforce the perception of need on the part of parents to find alternatives to the union fiefdom of regular public education.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted the CTU for its walkout, calling it “a strike of choice”:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the teachers strike is “not necessary” because the two sides were close.

“I believe this is avoidable because this is a strike of choice,” Emanuel said at a hastily called news conference at the Harold Washington Library Sunday night

Emanuel sought to cast the negotiations as hinging on two remaining issues: a new teacher evaluation system and principals’ ability to get rid of teachers. Chicago Teachers Union officials said there are more remaining issues than that, although they conceded the strike is not primarily about money.

The strike on Emanuel’s watch could cut against the narrative the mayor is trying to craft as a leader who’s a problem solver moving the city forward. It also could set the tone for his somewhat fractured relationship with labor, with his first major union contract negotiation ending in a strike.

Emanuel’s aggressive posture in pushing for a longer school day and year, while also cutting the pay raise teachers were supposed to get last year, galvanized the union. With negotiations being watched carefully on a national basis, the soured relationship may have led union leadership to strike as a way to take a stand against Emanuel’s tactics.

Well, maybe.  It’s also possible that Chicago parents will appreciate the surprise of a Democrat standing up to a union that has until recently been a key part of the Democratic stranglehold on Chicago and Illinois politics.  Don’t underestimate the anger of parents who look at the eye-popping raise rejected by the union for the already-well-paid rank and file, and don’t be surprised if that anger gets directed to the CTU.  Meanwhile, the CTU will keep maneuvering themselves out of jobs as those parents who can move their children into charter and private schools begin a massive shift away from CTU control.


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Fire them all and hire replacements.

changer1701 on September 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

However, the strike might end up backfiring on them

Well I guess those teachers will learn.

aunursa on September 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Free adversiting for charter schools and school choice.

That is what first came to mind.

It’s also possible that Chicago parents will appreciate the surprise of a Democrat standing up to a union that has until recently been a key part of the Democratic stranglehold on Chicago and Illinois politics.

Not so sure about that part. Democrats and unions are attached at the hip. It will take more than this to smash that image.

cozmo on September 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM

It’s no shocker looking at these teachers and figuring out why so many kids go lib.

IR-MN on September 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Fire them all and hire replacements.

changer1701 on September 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Very good advice!..:)

Dire Straits on September 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Go on and keep walking…

JohnBrown on September 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM

The existence of public sector unions in a locality should be put on local ballots and voted on by the electorate.

Dextrous on September 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Just another day in Chicagoland. Overpaid teachers won’t work and kids are running wild in the streets.

HotAirian on September 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel vs. any union. Oh, the irony!

shick on September 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM

This way they can all work on the Obama campaign. /spit

Blake on September 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

This teacher won’t strike.

Bob's Kid on September 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

OK Press… Who will be first to ask Obama if he supports the Teachers or not???

brewcrew67 on September 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Considering how bad Illinois schools are, They’re no great loss.
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annoyinglittletwerp on September 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Chicago parents will still vote for Obama.

Charlemagne on September 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

But… but… they’re doing it for the children… and for the love of teaching… they’re heroes… or something.

redzap on September 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

… but but they’re doing it all for the children!/sarc Gimme a f-ing break!

gsherin on September 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM

By the way, CTU is the name of the unit where Jack Bauer worked.

Dextrous on September 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM

These folks are upset about a deal that basically gives them a 16% pay increase over the next 4 years while most of us in the private sector here in Illinois haven’t seen a wage increase for at least the last 4 years. On top of that they’ve increased our state income tax here. I say fire them all. There are plenty of unemployed teachers here looking for work.

iceman1960 on September 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM

OK Press… Who will be first to ask Obama if he supports the Teachers or not???

brewcrew67 on September 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Don’t hold your breath.

shick on September 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Nothing a few public beheadings extra late term abortions won’t solve.

Archivarix on September 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Something tells me that rejecting an offer for a 16% increase over four years won’t exactly sit well with a public that has seen median household incomes decrease by more than 7% over the last four years on a national basis.

How in the hell can they reject an offer like that when the economy is in the toilet and Chicago is already broke? Talk about out-of-touch.

BTW, I know it’s a local issue, but Romney could capitalize on this big-time if he highlighted Obama’s coziness with the public sector unions and how his entire economic plan seems to be centered around hiring more government workers, particularly teachers.

Doughboy on September 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM

One thing is clear from that photo- Gym memberships are not part of the union demands.

A 16% pay raise when the commies don’t even have a 50% graduation rate is appaling. In short, let the “educators” starve and let the school system hire individuals who might give those kids a fighting chance of getting out of poverty and ignorance.

Happy Nomad on September 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM

The real headline.

Chicago teachers walk out, schools close, students don’t notice drop in education.

LoganSix on September 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Almost feel sorry for Rahm. Almost.

onetrickpony on September 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Remember though, they’re doing it for the kids!

WisCon on September 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM

The CTU wants Chicago to weaken its teacher evaluation process and clamp down on charter school expansion

Typical Progressive democrats: Ensure there’s no accountability for poor performing teachers, and then chain those kids to those bad teachers. You made your bed, Chicago, have fun sleeping in it.

But rememeber…it’s for the children…

Weight of Glory on September 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I posted this in the thread about campaign cash, but I’ll reiterate that this is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever read…

The 25,000 union members were told to report to their schools at 6:30 a.m. Monday to begin picketing. Several interviewed Sunday appeared more than ready.

Yeah, we’re going to still go to the schools we work at, but instead of doing our jobs and getting paid, let’s walk around in circles all day and scream unfair and not get paid.

MobileVideoEngineer on September 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

But… but… they’re doing it for the children… and for the love of teaching… they’re heroes… or something.

redzap on September 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Definitely the something part.

Happy Nomad on September 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

76K w/o benefits!? Pigs. All of them.

cdog0613 on September 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I wonder how many “flash mobs” this will result in? It seems only recently you would read about a new flash mob invading a convenience store in Chicago. Now that the kids are not only not in school, but many are also unattended…

onetrickpony on September 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Will Rahmbo stand his ground?Will Dear Leader weigh in on this?A big fat pay raise= a big fat contribution to Oslima.Desperate for campaign cash Oslima will force Rahm’s hand and give the teachers what they want,I guarantee.

jeffinsjvca on September 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Chicago is a hot mess. No wonder Barry is moving to Hawaii.

Philly on September 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Yeah, we’re going to still go to the schools we work at, but instead of doing our jobs and getting paid, let’s walk around in circles all day and scream unfair and not get paid.

MobileVideoEngineer on September 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

You forgot the part about getting to wear matching colorful tee shirts.

Happy Nomad on September 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Strangely, the part that irks me the most is the fact that the schools are still open… to serve free breakfast and lunch.

Maybe it’s just me, but I think that once you divorce parents from the basic requirement to feed one’s children, you’ve taken away their basic fiscal responsibility. Where is the money going that the parents should be using to feed kids? Air Jordans? X-boxes? Flashy rims?

What a waste of resources to transport kids to school just so they can eat.

I know that sounds like a stereotype, but stereotypes don’t just birth themselves; they generally are based upon truth.

cane_loader on September 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Cadillac STS’s for every teacher, full medical and dental for extended family out to 4th cousins twice removed, a free house, $200 a day per diem; these are reasonable asks by the overworked and underpaid union teachers of Chicago.

When will you righties understand that to get quality educators you need to cater to their every whim at all times? You dumb Nazis.

Bishop on September 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM

When you turn your public school systems over to labor unions, the minds of your children will be indocrintated to be supportive of the progressive labor movement and this evolves to where demovracy ceases to exist. We won’t be able to stop it, but we might be able to slow it down so involuntary servitude is not as painful as it otherwise will be,

volsense on September 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Fish wrap diplomas for all!

locomotivebreath1901 on September 10, 2012 at 10:15 AM

If you can’t afford to feed the kids you have, then don’t have more. Free meals for kids encourages parents to have more of them, and expect someone else to feed them.

cane_loader on September 10, 2012 at 10:15 AM

This IS for the children, the children just happen to be unionized teachers.

Bishop on September 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Obama will pressure Rahm. This Romney will capitalize on this. In fact, Ryan is being prepped right now to take up this argument.

nitzsche on September 10, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I can’t wait for the day technology finally advances to the point where students can be provided with BOOKS, which make teachers unnecessary except for teaching phonics and proctoring exams.

Until and unless that day comes, we’ll just have to admit that the government owns our children and pay them whatever they demand.

logis on September 10, 2012 at 10:18 AM

would somebody mind passing the popcorn?…thanks! ;)

Dannyp8262 on September 10, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Greece is the word.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on September 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Karen Lewis and her stooges are some of the least sympathetic public figures in the Chicago area right now. While there are some really stupid conditions to working in the Chicago Public School system (example: you are required to live in city limits, and for as well as CPS pays–45k for first year teachers, that 45k doesn’t go very far in Chicago, at least if you want to live in a neighborhood where you’re not ducking bullets), most of us here in the area think that the union is just being greedy and is trying to flex its muscles to show off how strong they (think they) are.

JimLennon on September 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis announced late Sunday night that…

…she has been faithfully adhering to Mooch’s strict nutritional and exercise regimine!

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Well, now these kids won’t learn the benchmarks of a good
public school education..like there are 57 states…..

ToddPA on September 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Maybe with all this chaos there will be a chance for conservatives can get elected to fix the problem.

shick on September 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM

From the Trib article:

“I miss my babies,” she said. “I had them almost where they needed to be but once we break, it’s hard to get back. We really miss the children. That’s why we’re here. Nobody wanted to strike.”

That’s why they’re there, away from the kids, because they miss them. Understand?

#godhelpthosekids
#itsallabout$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Dash on September 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM

This IS for the children, the children just happen to be unionized teachers.

Bishop on September 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

LoLz..Good point!..:)

Dire Straits on September 10, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Back from Iraq and I find that Chicago Public Schools have gotten worse

Just as I left Chicago for Camp Slayer in Baghdad last summer, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) officials were tallying the child homicide rate and reeling from an Internet video of an adolescent mob from Fenger High School murdering one of their own with railroad ties. I was safer in Iraq where the threat to my life was neither a fellow American nor a secondary school student. Still I could not help but notice the intellectual similarity between Baghdad and Chicago. It was the literacy rate; half of the children of both cities cannot read. At least the Iraqi youngsters wanted to.

mudskipper on September 10, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Is CTU President Karen Lewis that blind to see that this will not help her precious party and president in the upcoming election?

shick on September 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Oh man…go look at Drudge’s main page photo of these people. I’m seeing a lot of angry “teachers” who don’t exactly look as if they’re being forced to skip meals for lack of money in their paycheck.

This is just a sign of bigger things to come in Bark’s America. If Chicago backs down in the face of a 16% (!) payraise, every other grifter public employee in the nation is going to start looking for their piece of the pie too.

Bishop on September 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

The district said it offered teachers a 16 percent pay raise over four years and a host of benefit proposals.

In a down economy, should there be 16% reductions?

faraway on September 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Maybe with all this chaos there will be a chance for conservatives can get elected to fix the problem.

shick on September 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Not in Chicago unfortunately. But it can be used nationally by the GOP to highlight how out of control and out of touch the government has become.

Doughboy on September 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Why do I keep hearing “first strike in 25 years”? I guess we’re supposed to give them some kind of credit for that? NOT! Fire them all. There are unemployed teachers all over the fruited plains who would run to Chicago to make 76k.

Alabama Infidel on September 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I’ve asked some CPS teachers what it is they want most. Without hesitation “Parents” was the answer I got. Make of that what you will.

There should be talk about how TIF’s have distorted the landscape, deprived CPS of school operating funds, and how TIF has been used to enhance and improve schools that have some sort of exclusive enrollment policy.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/assets/downloads/rooseveltreport.pdf
This link is to a report on allocation if TIF to the school construction fund. Note the prioritization and that this might be considered a CTU friendly report.

http://www.ler.illinois.edu/labor/images/Bruno_Quesada_12152011.pdf
This UIUC paper focuses on City of Chicago TIF financing and it’s effect on the CPSand that this might considered an more balanced objective report.

There’s no good guys in this fight, only victims: students, parents and classroom teachers and taxpayers pitted against each other so union leaders and City Hall can squabble over money that doesn’t exist.

MarkT on September 10, 2012 at 10:24 AM

You didn’t build that. Somewhere, a teacher was striking, which stopped you from ever building that.

MadisonConservative on September 10, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Oh man…go look at Drudge’s main page photo of these people. I’m seeing a lot of angry “teachers” who don’t exactly look as if they’re being forced to skip meals for lack of money in their paycheck.

This is just a sign of bigger things to come in Bark’s America. If Chicago backs down in the face of a 16% (!) payraise, every other grifter public employee in the nation is going to start looking for their piece of the pie too.

Bishop on September 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Heh, yeah I saw that….looked to me like the
Chicago Stockyards just let out for the day….

ToddPA on September 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM

A 16% pay raise when the commies unsung heroes don’t even have a 50% graduation rate is appaling.

Happy Nomad on September 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM

They love teaching so much they’re hanging on to the childrenz. Heck they’d do it for free if it weren’t for the mess caused by the Bush/Romney tax cut for the rich. Not to mention the global warming caused by that Ryan guy.

redzap on September 10, 2012 at 10:26 AM

But it’s about shared sacrifice just ask Obama. The taxpayer sacrifices and the teachers share your money!!

lakeman on September 10, 2012 at 10:26 AM

This and the high incidence of shootings/murders in Chicago show again : Barry and his gang have no ability to manage any operation.

bayview on September 10, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Our demands are not ridiculous…a 16% raise is INSULTING I say!

-libs who scream that it’s only about the children and their education

search4truth on September 10, 2012 at 10:26 AM

There are unemployed teachers all over the fruited plains who would run to Chicago to make 76k.

Alabama Infidel on September 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

If the union has their way, then you would have to go to the back of the line. All CPS teachers who have recently been laid off or otherwise furloughed would get preferential hiring before you.

This, which they call “teacher recall”, is an unofficial sticking point in the agreement. It’s “unofficial” because it’s actually illegal for CTU to strike over this particular issue.

JimLennon on September 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Why do I keep hearing “first strike in 25 years”? I guess we’re supposed to give them some kind of credit for that? NOT! Fire them all. There are unemployed teachers all over the fruited plains who would run to Chicago to make 76k.

Alabama Infidel on September 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Yeah, that’s pretty stupid as well. I’m going on 30 (in January) and the school district I went to has never had a strike that I can remember. A strike usually means the strikers are simply putelant children that didn’t get their way.

MobileVideoEngineer on September 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

BWAHAHAHAH…. Good for the CTA… Here’s hoping that they stay on strike for months… Time for the Resident’s of Chicago to feel the impact of their own decisions. To quote Edward Nigma from the Batman Movie, “Don’t kill him, if you kill him he wont learn anything”.

To the Resident’s of Chicago I ask… How does it feel to belong to the Government…

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Greedy unions strike again.

McDuck on September 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Do they get paid by the pound?

Marine WX on September 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

I’d like to see a picture of Union thug-boss Lewis sitting on Joe Biden’s lap. Now THAT would make my day!!!

maubman on September 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Fire them all. At will.

Archivarix on September 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

The first time an out-of-school kid gets killed in Chicago, the murder capital of the US, things will change.

oldroy on September 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

The real headline.

Chicago teachers walk out, schools close, students don’t notice drop in education.

LoganSix on September 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Actually I think the children’s IQ’s will now skyrocket….

Almost feel sorry for Rahm. Almost.

onetrickpony on September 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Ah, No…..

redguy on September 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Seriously, couldn’t they find a better spokesperson?

Tater Salad on September 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Chicago is broke, is running huge deficits, is increasing taxes, and still needs to borrow money. Illinois is broke, is running huge deficits, is increasing taxes, and still needs to borrow money. The federal government is broke, is running huge deficits, is increasing taxes, and still needs to borrow money.

The US economy has been on life support for over three years and is continually in danger of slipping back into recession. Unemployment has been over 8% for over three years, and the real unemployment rate is much higher than that. Corporations have had to lay many off and hold the line on salary increases to stay profitable.

And the best paid public school teachers in the nation are out on strike.

This is exactly why Scott Walker did what he did in Wisconsin.

farsighted on September 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Union leaders argue that charters devalue the profession by paying their teachers less, and that public money is diverted from struggling neighborhood schools to support charters, even when charters don’t perform significantly better.

You have to love the framing job the union does here. An “insignificant” improvement in performance by charter schools is grounds for union teachers to make more money than charter teachers.

Each one of these reasons alone should be a basis for switching to charter schools. Even the unions are conceding that we’re paying more for worse performance.

blammm on September 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I like how liberals view a 16% pay raise over a 22% pay raise a compromise when in reality Chicago, Cook County and the state doesn’t have the money for any pay raise.

lowandslow on September 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Well here comes the “racist” remark…

How do all of you “African/American’s” feel now about the dems and their sleeping with the unions, they could care less about your kids, how they are educated.

Yeah, the school district you belong to is run by liberals, and they are tossing your kids out, while your income is dropping, your unemployment increasing, you homes are worth less, and there are no raises in you future…and we want to hold teachers accountable.

Sure this affects all kids, but be realistic, it harms minority students the most, since they have the highest drop out rates, highest crime rates, highest drug usage…and no problem throwing the kids out in the street, while you are working your two or three jobs to make ends meet.

They know you will want to settle just so you can continue working and not get fired for wanted to take care of your kids…

You are screwed by the system you so protect, you are screwed by the people who have used you for decades, and now they are tossing you kids out on the street, forcing you to bend to their demands.

They are scum, and they treat you like scum, not the like the man and women you want to be, try to be, work to be…but they will keep you depressed and working for them…you are nothing to them, y’all…but a vote.

right2bright on September 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

The first time an out-of-school kid gets killed in Chicago, the murder capital of the US, things will change.

oldroy on September 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

No they won’t, it will just be like any other day in Murderville.

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Greece is the word.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on September 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Very clever!

thuja on September 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Did they flee to Wisconsin…oh…nevermind.

SouthernGent on September 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

BWAHAHAHAH…. Good for the CTA… Here’s hoping that they stay on strike for months… Time for the Resident’s of Chicago to feel the impact of their own decisions. To quote Edward Nigma from the Batman Movie, “Don’t kill him, if you kill him he wont learn anything”.

To the Resident’s of Chicago I ask… How does it feel to belong to the Government…

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Yes, let them strike right through the election…..
Nice optics there!!!….

However – it’s probably more Cloward-Piven at work…
Obama will ride in a week before the election and save the
Chicago schools and the city will start healing itself….

redguy on September 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Not in Chicago unfortunately. But it can be used nationally by the GOP to highlight how out of control and out of touch the government has become.

Doughboy on September 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Perhaps you are right but I think this event will be Plato’s cave awakening to many in Chicago.

shick on September 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

It looks like they are fighting for Free Twinkies

faraway on September 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

We homeschool our children. If we lived in Chicago (we don’t), our children would be studying today. I can fund a better school on $3000 per year than any public method of education. We get better results at lower cost. Sometimes, my wife goes on strike, but, she usually comes around.

ted c on September 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Chicago, look north, Scott Brown resolved this problem…Chris Christie resolved this…I will say it again, they are using the minority vote, the kids of minorities as weapons against their parents…they are despicable.

Yet, you will still vote for them, still support liberal policies, still be a democrat…y’all.

right2bright on September 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Yes, let them strike right through the election…..
Nice optics there!!!….

However – it’s probably more Cloward-Piven at work…
Obama will ride in a week before the election and save the
Chicago schools and the city will start healing itself….

redguy on September 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Ah, but keep in mind, Obama couldn’t save himself out of a wet paper bag with a chainsaw and a stick of dynamite. Anything he meddles in, only gets worse.

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Sometimes, my wife goes on strike, but, she usually comes around.

ted c on September 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Bottle of wine, nice dinner, and a hug, and you are set to go…because the kids are what’s important.

right2bright on September 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Sometimes, my wife goes on strike, but, she usually comes around.

ted c on September 10, 2012 at 10:33 AM

LoLz..I hear you!..Good deal..:)

Dire Straits on September 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM

it’s probably more Cloward-Piven at work…
Obama will ride in a week before the election and save the
Chicago schools and the city will start healing itself….

redguy on September 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Yea, the whole thing smells like a setup.

faraway on September 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I was watching the union strikers and they were almost all women. I now know why Romney is not winning against women.

Wigglesworth on September 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I hate unions. But I especially hate teacher’s unions because of property taxes and the fact that their neighbor’s pay for their wages and benefits and they don’t care. And a guarenteed 4% raise no matter whether you performance sucks or not is just not good enough. *shakes head* The economy is in the crapper and everybody except the union employees and Obama bundlers has to feel it. Everybody else has to “eat their peas.” Everybody else can lose their pensions. Everybody else should pay a cadillac tax on their benefits. Everyone else should be subjected to Obamacare.

Greedy hypocrites. Teachers will tell you they aren’t paid that much. They don’t seem to be aware what the rest of us our being paid. They will tell you they don’t have cushy jobs with lots of time off. Its always, the hours are longer than that because of correcting papers, or whatever it is they do. But my husband is an Engineer and he works more than a 40 hr week. He has to work weekends when necessary. They are divorced from reality.

We need to crush the teacher’s unions.

magicbeans on September 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Teachers are surrogate parents. That is why they have to make these laughable arguments about “It’s for the keeyids“. However, do parents really put their kids out on the streets to show others how they are acting on their behalf??

Parents willingly give up much of their authority as parents when they choose this method of education. Is this how they want their authority used? Those parents pay oodles of tax money to fund the education of their children, do they now ask for a refund?

ted c on September 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Instead of Romney just calling the Marxist a nice guy maybe at the first debate Romney should just walk over to the Marxist and kiss his ass. That should be enough to get those ex Marxist voters to vote for Romney.

bgibbs1000 on September 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I think this is part of the communist/socialist plan. Unleash the kids, hamper the police, let the thugs run rampant–well, even more so than they already are in Chicago, start riots, declare martial law, declare Chicago a federal district and suspend Posse Comitatus.

ted c on September 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM

These teachers suck to begin with so of course they object to having their teaching performance evaluated and for keeping their jobs to hinge on those reviews.

The strike’s a killer for Rahmbo bcuz it’s cuttin’ into his time to go fundraiding for those evil superPACS that his former boss Obama loathes but suddenly desperately needs.

And an interesting stat I heard this morning: supposedly 40% of Chicago teachers send their children to private schools. There’s a ringing self-endorsement.

stukinIL4now on September 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Something tells me that rejecting an offer for a 16% increase over four years won’t exactly sit well with a public that has seen median household incomes decrease by more than 7% over the last four years on a national basis.

Irony. Chicago teacher holding a sign that reads “Enough is Enough.”

Obviously, too much is never enough.

Fallon on September 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Man, I’m not skinny, but the pictures on Drudge of the CTU and their spokesperson are just wrong.

MobileVideoEngineer on September 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Five things you need to know about Chicago Public Schools (CPS)

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9/10/2012

by Paul Kersey
Director of Labor Policy

Chicago’s Teachers Union said it will strike Monday for the first time in 25 years after talks with Chicago Public Schools ended without resolution. CTU President Karen Lewis said, “We have failed to reach an agreement that will prevent a labor strike…No CTU members will be inside of our schools Monday.”

The debate is likely to be fierce as representatives of the Chicago Teachers Union and the district jockey for support from the general public. The rhetoric has aready been heated; CTU President Karen Lewis has described Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as “a liar and a bully”.

There are certain critical facts that we believe the people of Illinois should keep in mind as they watch the conflict develop and evaluate the claims made by the two sides:

1.Chicago public school teachers are already well compensated. By CTU’s own figures an average teacher earns a salary of $71,000. Even if we only compare CPS teachers to others with college degrees, they still do well. According to the US Census American Community Survey Chicago the median annual wage for persons with a college degree is $48,866.CPS teachers earn nearly half again as much as an average worker in Chicago with a college degree.
2.Four out of every ten kids who start freshman year at a public high school in Chicago do not graduate. While poverty and crime certainly complicate instruction, this is not a system where anyone, including the administration, teachers or the union, can rest on their laurels.
3.Chicago public schools expect to drain their cash reserves in the upcoming year and are likely facing another shortfall of as large as $1 billion the year after that. It is doubtful that the district can afford across-the-board pay raises.
4.Chicago receives almost $2 billion in funding from the state tax funds. That means almost 35 percent of Chicago’s total funding for education comes from state taxpayer funds. The entire state, not just Chicago, is paying for the failures of CPS and CTU.
5.CPS has the shortest school days and year in the nation when compared to the ten largest cities in the nation.

As frustrating as the strike is, a bad contract will last longer, and do more damage to both children and taxpayers, than a strike is likely to. The district faces serious financial and academic challenges, and if the district is to overcome these challenges it will need to change the relationship it has with its teachers. The days of automatic generous wages for poor teaching performance need to end, and the fundamental goal of education, imparting knowledge to children, needs to be at the center of everything the district does.

Notice the $2 billion that the Chicago group receives in tax dollars from the rest of the state! Also, Chicago
(Cook County) has high property taxes. Where is the money going?
Administration instead of the students? Its time to bust apart
the Teachers Union. I hope the mayor has the authority to hire
replacements. I know of many who would take the positions and
do a great job.

Amjean on September 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

bgibbs1000 on September 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Have you seen a doctor about that Cranial-Rectal disorder of yours? It seems to be flaring up again.

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

This is outrageous on the face of it but I bet that Tiny Dancer’s negotiating skills really didn’t help.

He probably opened up the meeting by saying. “Thank you for meeting with us today. You little scumbag f***ball pieces of sh*t will take my motherf****** offer or I will cut your heads off and sh*t down your necks you bunch of f***** pu****! ARE WE CLEAR YOU C***smokers!!!”

You know, in his usual subtle masterful persuasive way.

CorporatePiggy on September 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Its great that we have competition in education. If it weren’t for public schools and their failures both in the employees and in the kids, then my kids wouldn’t look so smart.

/comparisons.

ted c on September 10, 2012 at 10:41 AM

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