Paul Ryan: We stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel against the Chicago teachers’ union

posted at 7:20 pm on September 10, 2012 by Allahpundit

Neither Jay Carney nor Romney mentioned Rahm in their respective statements on the strike (Carney punted on the matter altogether, not surprisingly), but Ryan knows a political opportunity when he sees one. In a standoff between two of Obama’s biggest cronies, his former chief of staff and the unions that bankroll him, The One’s going to strain mightily to remain scrupulously neutral. Romney/Ryan’s task: Make that neutrality as uncomfortable as possible.

The only surprise, says National Journal, is that it took the campaign this long to twist the knife.

“If you turned on the TV this morning or sometime today, you probably saw something about the Chicago teacher’s union strike. I’d like to make a couple of comments about that because it does matter. I’ve known Rahm Emanuel for years. He’s a former colleague of mine. Rahm and I have not agreed on every issue or on a lot of issues, but Mayor Emanuel is right today in saying that this teacher’s union strike is unnecessary and wrong. We know that Rahm is not going to support our campaign, but on this issue and this day we stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“We stand with the children and we stand with the families and the parents of Chicago because education reform, that’s a bipartisan issue. This does not have to divide the two parties. And so, we were going to ask, where does President Obama stand? Does he stand with his former Chief of Staff Mayor Rahm Emanuel, with the children and the parents, or does he stand with the union? On issues like this, we need to speak out and be really clear. In a Romney-Ryan administration we will not be ambiguous, we will stand with education reform, we will champion bipartisan education reforms. This is a critical linchpin to the future of our country, to our economy, to make sure that our children go to the best possible school, and that education reforms revolve around the parents and the child, not the special interest group. This is something that’s critical for all of us.”

Read Ed’s post from this morning if you missed it earlier. The optics of this strike are gruesome for Democrats: You’ve got the best paid teachers in the country, who already take home nearly $30,000 per year more on average than the average Chicago family, walking out on kids in Obama’s own hometown even though a friendly Democratic face in Rahm Emanuel is on the other side of the table. It’s an object lesson in union ruthlessness, and Rahm’s going to have no choice but to dig in lest he illustrate just what the GOP has in mind when it talks about Democrats having been captured by Big Labor. The question is how heavily this might weigh on voters. Last year, when the protests first started raging in Wisconsin, there was sympathy for PEUs. Eighteen months later, Scott Walker’s still governor, public sentiment in Wisconsin has shifted, and the national electorate’s had more time to absorb news stories about California and Greece. If this had happened two weeks ago, rest assured that it would have received ample coverage in Christie’s keynote speech at the convention. As it is, I wonder if Romney will call on him to hit the trail to hammer this issue. Time for an impromptu presser by the big guy somewhere in Chicago?

Via Reason, four and a half minutes on what every parent needs to know.


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JPeterman on September 10, 2012 at 7:59 PM

You’re ahead of the game, JP. You’ve got a very good idea of who the trolls and ABR’s are and you have your own good judgement to see you though.

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2012 at 8:06 PM

I’m not seeing it. I generally agree with Rush, but I don’t see how this turns out well for Obama. First, I don’t think the union thugs in Chicago are thinking nationally, they are only looking out for themselves. If Obama comes down on the union’s side, he loses Wisconsin and middle class voters who are tiring of carrying the weight. If he comes down on the side of voters and citizens, he alienates not just the Chicago teachers’ union, but all teachers’ unions and all other unions as well. That’s his base, not just in terms of votes, but a huge campaign cash source. This looks like lose-lose for Obama.

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Yeah, I don’t think so either for the same reasons. The first lesson of unions is good ole #1 is always, always #1. The fact that this puts intense political pressure on the Dems to budge is a feature, not a bug. Don’t think for a minute there isn’t an urge to flex their muscle and show they can still win a staredown, after the beating they’ve been taking in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

stldave on September 10, 2012 at 8:06 PM

it took the campaign this long to twist the knife stab the steak knife into the negotiating table.

/If you’re going to allude to it…

Christien on September 10, 2012 at 8:07 PM

….Eg!…you HAVE to use ^ ^ Biteme’s favorite word…he can’t use a sentence without it!

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Dang..
I missed that opportunity.. good catch…

But…

Biden didn’t…he catches them all….

Electrongod on September 10, 2012 at 8:07 PM

I thought Cincinnati was “Hog Butcher to the World”.

And Chicago was “Meat Packer to the World”.

Solaratov on September 10, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Actually:
Chicago
HOG Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders: …. etc.

Carl Sandburg

It had been a very long time – full poem – Chicago

oldroy on September 10, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Chicago
City of striking Teachers…
Cradle of Political Scammers….

oldroy on September 10, 2012 at 8:09 PM

I hate unions.
the thing that shocks me the most is that teachers are forced to pay the unions.

nathor on September 10, 2012 at 8:10 PM

$72K for a less than 50% high graduation rates for students of the teacher union schools in Chicago per Senor Rushbo…that is a number that the Joe Q Citizen needs to be told…pathetic…

hillsoftx on September 10, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Nearly 80% of Chicago’s 8th grade public school students lack the ability to read at a basic level of proficiency.

But Chicago’s public school teachers, already the highest paid in the nation, deserve better than a 16% pay raise. Oh, and no performance reviews for these teachers, because that would be unfair.

Lunacy.

AZCoyote on September 10, 2012 at 8:12 PM

I hate unions.
the thing that shocks me the most is that teachers are forced to pay the unions.

nathor on September 10, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Basically forced to fund the Democrat Party. I’ve never understood why anyone should be forced to join, or forced to have dues taken out.

changer1701 on September 10, 2012 at 8:12 PM

I’ve been watching the news on and off all day and I haven’t seen a single Chicago teacher yet that I would want teaching my children.

ctmom on September 10, 2012 at 8:14 PM

gophergirl on September 10, 2012 at 8:02 PM
They looked too happy, in Wisconin they looked like pitbulls. Faux

clnurnberg on September 10, 2012 at 8:05 PM

…maybe pitbulls in Wisconsin.. I’ve been on urban farms before…I know Chicago has a good train and bus system…but do they use cattle trucks?…I’ve just never seen so many heifers loose on the hoof before!

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM

I dunno about this. It’s not like Rahm is trying to reform the union or Chicago education.

Guess this is the lesser of two evils?

TexAz on September 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Kudos to Jack Ryan on this – sorta reverse tri-strangulation strategery, like when Sarah receommended they drop Biden from the ticket because he’s such a liability. Ryan put all of them in a weird spot.

On the other hand, it could be that the greedy union saw election time coming, and calculated that they could extract the most filthy lucre from the city that would not want to make little Bammie look bad.

Depends what they put first, their rapacious greed or political devotion. If they see little Bammie going down in November, why not go for the money?

slickwillie2001 on September 10, 2012 at 7:44 PM

I think Slick here may be onto something. I’m beginning to think the teachers are just greedy and trying to be too clever by half, thinking they have Rahmbo by the short hairs in an election year, and that he’ll have to cave quickly just to make them go away. They also think bamster has a lock on IL anyway, so their strike won’t “hurt anything” there. Typical, stupid liberal miscalculation.

Harbingeing on September 10, 2012 at 8:16 PM

I’ve had it too.

Quit pissing un the tent.

wolly4321 on September 10, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Nope – don’t blame it on Palin supporters. Seems that there are all kinds of stripes that are whining.

oldroy on September 10, 2012 at 7:58 PM

I was referring to a small fringe nutty wing among Palin supporters. Most Palin supporters are working to help throw Barry out of office.

bayview on September 10, 2012 at 8:17 PM

You’ve had it too huh?

gophergirl on September 10, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Add me to the list. I’m tired of those on our side cowering in the corner, wetting themselves whining, “But he’s not doing it riiiggghht!” and the liberal trolls spouting journolist liberal talking points with the inability to respond to anything deeper than simply repeating the talking point verbatim.

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Add me as well.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 10, 2012 at 8:04 PM

I’m with y’all.

And they never change. Same drivel, post after post – no matter what the subject of the thread is.

Solaratov on September 10, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Solaratov on September 10, 2012 at 8:18 PM

They’re ‘seminar’ commentors.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

…Bill Gates…
 
bayam on September 10, 2012 at 7:53 PM

 
In case anyone missed it.

rogerb on September 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Is Biden out of the woodshed yet..?

d1carter on September 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Nope – don’t blame it on Palin supporters. Seems that there are all kinds of stripes that are whining.

oldroy on September 10, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Yes some of the ABR are fringe Paulnuts. Whatever flag they fly, the common thread is: they are the small freak wing of that movement.

bayview on September 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Basically forced to fund the Democrat Party. I’ve never understood why anyone should be forced to join, or forced to have dues taken out.

changer1701 on September 10, 2012 at 8:12 PM

no wonder scott won! hmmm…. maybe democrats are sensing the danger of standing too close to unions and are detaching a little. this can only mean, that in this fight, the unions are losing.

nathor on September 10, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Illinois in play?

ardenenoch on September 10, 2012 at 7:27 PM

I almost choked lauging on this one. No, this is Illinois unions “at play” not in play. The school board will give in to the teachers. They’ve already given them a 16% raise over four years. They are chewing on the other concessions and will swallow when Rahm tells them to.

Fallon on September 10, 2012 at 8:26 PM

This is a sure sign of Republican desperation. The Chicago teacher’s strike will have zero effect on the presidential election. Have fun. Maybe you’ll win a news cycle for a change.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM

I want to know what the POTUS thinks about this…

d1carter on September 10, 2012 at 8:30 PM

This is a sure sign of Republican desperation. The Chicago teacher’s strike will have zero effect on the presidential election. Have fun. Maybe you’ll win a news cycle for a change.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Well there goes a pleasant thread. It was nice while it lasted.

gophergirl on September 10, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Well there goes a pleasant thread. It was nice while it lasted.

gophergirl on September 10, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Sorry if I harshed your buzz with too much reality.

Feel free to return to your previous fantasy of a Romney win.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Well there goes a pleasant thread. It was nice while it lasted.
gophergirl on September 10, 2012 at 8:32 PM

OMG, I was just thinking the Exact same thing!

BeachBum on September 10, 2012 at 8:36 PM

This is a sure sign of Republican desperation. The Chicago teacher’s strike will have zero effect on the presidential election. Have fun. Maybe you’ll win a news cycle for a change.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Nice of you to admit to there being a Liberal Media.

sentinelrules on September 10, 2012 at 8:37 PM

OMG, I was just thinking the Exact same thing!

BeachBum on September 10, 2012 at 8:36 PM

We were talking about the topic, having a nice back and forth of ideas, no insults, no “sky is falling”.

Dammit!

gophergirl on September 10, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Feel free to return to your previous fantasy of a Romney win.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Not until after you leave. I just ate dinner and you never fail to make me sick.

BeachBum on September 10, 2012 at 8:38 PM

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Oh, look! It’s the smarmy little troll.

What happened, princess? Slut walk let out early?

Solaratov on September 10, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Solaratov on September 10, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Just having a good time watching you clutch at straws.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Paul Ryan is wicked smart & Romney is wicked smart to choose him as running mate.

workingclass artist on September 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Heh. A PUBLIC EMPLOYEES’ UNION strike anywhere is a national issue now, especially since the humiliating public a$$whuppin they just took in Wisconsin. The fact that it’s Chicago, and its teachers who make the best money and have produced virtually the worst performance records in America, just makes it funnier.

All public employee unions should be illegal, and pretty much anyone who doesn’t have a vested interest in unions, public or otherwise, agrees. Time to take out the trash on Nov. 6.

Harbingeing on September 10, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Could the teacher’s strike be Obama’s “October Surprise”? The strike starts now, drags on and on in a deadlock until mid-October; and then a “savior” arrives to negotiate a grand deal; forcing the CTU to back down. Care to guess who this “savior” is?

capricorn on September 10, 2012 at 8:47 PM

This is a sure sign of Republican desperation. The Chicago teacher’s strike will have zero effect on the presidential election. Have fun. Maybe you’ll win a news cycle for a change.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Is the rent high on Fantasy Island

workingclass artist on September 10, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Mot that this is a surprise, but this to put clown polls of PPP in perspective (OH Barry +5 with a 41 D to 37 R sample, and NC Barry +1 with a +13 D weight leading PPP to say: “North Carolina’s been a swing state from the start and it looks like it will be a swing
state to the end,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling.)

NC
Survey USA, RV
Romney 53 Barry 43.

bayview on September 10, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Paul Ryan: We stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel against the Chicago teachers’ union

Awwwriiight ! Bring it on!

petefrt on September 10, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Maybe Obama can whisper to the Chicago Teachers Union “if you can wait until after the election, I can be more flexible.”

DrStock on September 10, 2012 at 8:52 PM

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Oh, look! It’s the smarmy little troll.

What happened, princess? Slut walk let out early?

Solaratov on September 10, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Her Arby’s shut down early, -Board of Health, roaches.

slickwillie2001 on September 10, 2012 at 8:54 PM

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I’m in as well. I can’t even stand to read the comments on a poll thread anymore.
As far as the strike, I believe the masks are slipping. Some of them think the election is in the bag and the others are just mad as hell they’ve lost nearly every election since The 0 was crowned. They’ve all gone full fascist.

txhsmom on September 10, 2012 at 8:57 PM

They should all be fired if they aren’t back on the job by Thursday.

Lawdawg86 on September 10, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I hate to say this but Ryan made a big gaffe when he said he and Romney side with Emanuel. You’ll see why over the next few days.

bgibbs1000 on September 10, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I hate to say this but Ryan made a big gaffe when he said he and Romney side with Emanuel. You’ll see why over the next few days.
bgibbs1000 on September 10, 2012 at 8:57 PM

If Rahm decides this strike is good and necessary then he will have flip flopped, not Ryan. Read what Ryan said again.

txhsmom on September 10, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Just having a good time watching you clutch at straws.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Wrong again, nancy-boy.

Maybe you should peruse the thread again. You seem to have misinterpreted what was said. (Not unusual for you leftoid drones. If it isn’t in your talking points memo, you just can’t cope.)

Solaratov on September 10, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Are these striking teachers a bunch of big fat red greedy pigs? That’s the image I have of them at least….

Sherman1864 on September 10, 2012 at 9:13 PM

And, of course, some send their kids to private schools, (as I did).
 
urban elitist on January 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM

rogerb on September 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM

What do we want??

More feed!!

When do we want it??

Now!!

Oink! Oink!

Sherman1864 on September 10, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Don’t you see???

Obama is the one that set this up…..

False flag….

The teachers union has not struck for 25 years…

And now they strike right after the DNC convention?
And 2 months before the ones ascendency to a liberal god?

Don’t you see…..

Obama will come in and fix it – on Oct the 19th or so….
That will give the country 2 weeks of the glory of Obama….

Don’t you see????

redguy on September 10, 2012 at 9:16 PM

I hate to say this but Ryan made a big gaffe when he said he and Romney side with Emanuel. You’ll see why over the next few days.

bgibbs1000 on September 10, 2012 at 8:57 PM

No you are right – because the little dancer is still with the union.
Rahm & Obama are scheming a scheme that will make Romney/Ryan
look like idiots for siding with the little dancer.

redguy on September 10, 2012 at 9:19 PM

They’re ‘seminar’ commentors.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

+10 :-)

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 9:20 PM

This is a sure sign of Republican desperation. The Chicago teacher’s strike will have zero effect on the presidential election. Have fun. Maybe you’ll win a news cycle for a change.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Yeah, right there sport. Like the democrats never politicize everything. Let the republicans do the same thing and it’s desperation. Sure thing; go with that.

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 9:22 PM

nd, of course, some send their kids to private schools, (as I did).

urban elitist on January 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM

rogerb on September 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Where my kids went to school has nothing to do with the politics of this strike.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Yeah, right there sport. Like the democrats never politicize everything. Let the republicans do the same thing and it’s desperation. Sure thing; go with that.

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Not surprisingly, you misundertand. I’m not suggesting that the inherently political teachers strike shouldn’t be politicized. I’m suggesting that anyone who thinks that this is somehow going to energize the listless Romney campaign and lift his polling numbers is dreaming.

It’s political. It’s just not valuable.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 9:24 PM

I hate to say this but Ryan made a big gaffe when he said he and Romney side with Emanuel. You’ll see why over the next few days.

bgibbs1000 on September 10, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I just saw Rahmbo’s response to Ryan (on Hannity) and it sounds like the first shot for the 2016 presidential campaign. Rahmbo was urging Ryan not to eliminate the DOEd if Ryan really is on his side. It’s so transparent that Rahmbo is posturing and positioning himself for that 2016 run. Becoming mayor of Chicago was move one. The shot at Ryan and being at odds with Obama over the unions is just adding fuel to the fire.

stukinIL4now on September 10, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Just having a good time watching you clutch at straws.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM

So, whats your take on the strike?

Pay the unions more or not?

BobMbx on September 10, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Oh my God, I can’t believe Republicans are falling for this. The mayor is an Obama crony. He is in bed with the unions. He has already agreed to give them a huge raise in pay and benefits at a time when the government has no money to pay. The strike is just a bunch of cocky union workers demanding everything they want with no compromise. The only thing they are fighting about now is how many former teachers will get hired back at the new rates. This is not Walker or Christie negotiating but rather Rahm Emanuel, the biggest union suck-up that ever lived! Does Romney and Ryan really stand with him?? Romney better start fighting this campaign soon or its going to be over.

Dollayo on September 10, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Palinistas know that when it mattered Sarah gave one of the greatest speeches of recent times, in freezing snow, surrounded by union thugs.

mitt was hiding in rafalcas stall.

renalin on September 10, 2012 at 9:33 PM

So, whats your take on the strike?

Pay the unions more or not?

BobMbx on September 10, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Rahm has apparently agreed to the wage increases, which I found surprisingly high. I think Rahm should hold firm on the teacher evaluations and other outstanding issues — I think it will benefit him politically in the long run and the city of Chicago and its kids.

I like unions, but their instinct is to push the envelope. Supporting the right to organize and bargain collectively doesn’t mean that you cave to every demand.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 9:34 PM

I like unions, but their instinct is to push the envelope. Supporting the right to organize and bargain collectively doesn’t mean that you cave to every demand.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 9:34 PM

And that’s what’s happening all over the nation. It’s not unlike, if you’ll forgive a somewhat-overworn example, people yelling “fire!” in a crowded theater and then trying to hide behind the 2nd Amendment.

There is a point at which one has to draw the line; otherwise people can do all manner of outrageous things in the name of their rights.

MelonCollie on September 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM

I like unions, but their instinct is to push the envelope. Supporting the right to organize and bargain collectively doesn’t mean that you cave to every demand.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 9:34 PM

you think your really bright don’t you? your naivete is astounding.

renalin on September 10, 2012 at 9:39 PM

You’ve had it too huh?

gophergirl on September 10, 2012 at 7:26 PM

THREAD HIJACK ATTEMPT ALERT FOLLOWS:

..GiGi, it’s getting so bad here that one contemplates absenting oneself. It’s not the Romney campaign and the handwringing over the skewed pools. More like back in the primaries when everyone was at each others’ throats. Now it seems like the bed-wetters are being reinforced by the I-told-you-so-ABRers and rolling-in-the-aisle trolls.

Crashing to earth, a once mighty political and social blog. Like someone said: HG is going the way of Little Green Footballs.

The War Planner on September 10, 2012 at 9:43 PM

rogerb on September 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Where my kids went to school has nothing to do with the politics of this strike.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 9:22 PM

..yeah, but the archivist sure slammed your d!ck in the door. Next time you’ll be a little more careful?

I thought not.

The War Planner on September 10, 2012 at 9:48 PM

you think your really bright don’t you? your naivete is astounding.

renalin on September 10, 2012 at 9:39 PM

There is a point at which one has to draw the line; otherwise people can do all manner of outrageous things in the name of their rights.

MelonCollie on September 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Christie, Andy Cuomo and GM have all pushed back on the unions, achieving reasonable agreements, with significant union concessions, without asserting the right to crush the working class. That’s the system working.

Union work rules protecting incompetent teacher and WalMart paying their wage slaves food stamp wages and juggling schedules to deny workers health care (keeping them just under “full time”) are examples of the system not working.

Unions are important, but not always right.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 9:48 PM

yeah, but the archivist sure slammed your d!ck in the door. Next time you’ll be a little more careful?

I thought not.

The War Planner on September 10, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Not at all. he brought up a point that was irrelevant to this discussion.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 9:49 PM

The War Planner on September 10, 2012 at 9:43 PM

violin?

renalin on September 10, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Why can’t Rahmbo use half the stones that Reagan did with the flight controllers and fire them!

Obamatrix on September 10, 2012 at 9:52 PM

WHy can’t he fire all of them ?

runner on September 10, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Supporting the right to organize and bargain collectively doesn’t mean that you cave to every demand.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Right. You just can’t send your child to school. If you took away the legalese of collective bargaining, this sort of act would fall nicely into a charge of extortion. And since it is organized, RICO could probably be argued also.

Legal extortion..pay me what I want, or your kids don’t go to school/fires don’t get put out/trash doesn’t get picked up/coal doesn’t get dug/cars don’t get built/trucks sit idle/etc…

And not caving to every demand is simply known as ‘union busting’.

BobMbx on September 10, 2012 at 9:53 PM

U.S. Department of Education: 79% of Chicago 8th Graders Not Proficient in Reading
CNSNews

Obamatrix on September 10, 2012 at 9:53 PM

renalin on September 10, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Sarah Palin will never be president. Let it go and help defeat Zero!

annoyinglittletwerp on September 10, 2012 at 9:53 PM

wonder if there’s a way BO can send a chunk of fed tax payer $ to Chicago to bail Rahm out and give the CTU all they want. from the pictures not a one of those union fatso’s have missed a meal.

gracie on September 10, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Give it a couple of days…

… and let the play, play itself out.

This is all staged so Obowma can come riding in on a sun beam…

… and bring together two opposing forces as only he can do.

The media will orgasm all over itself…

… and we will be witnesses to the fully functional Obowma/Union re-election machine.

Have vomit bags at the ready…

Seven Percent Solution on September 10, 2012 at 9:58 PM

U.S. Department of Education: 79% of Chicago 8th Graders Not Proficient in Reading

amazing but probably more related to really dumb parents. schools are just holding tanks for these 79% til they can get out and lead their criminal lives.

gracie on September 10, 2012 at 9:59 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on September 10, 2012 at 9:53 PM

great minds think alike. my wife just told me the exact same thing.

renalin on September 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Rahm has apparently agreed to the wage increases, which I found surprisingly high. I think Rahm should hold firm on the teacher evaluations and other outstanding issues — I think it will benefit him politically in the long run and the city of Chicago and its kids.

I like unions, but their instinct is to push the envelope. Supporting the right to organize and bargain collectively doesn’t mean that you cave to every demand.

So what part of the WI recall election don’t you understand? Or the titanic debt in IL? CA? USA? EUROPE? What in hell are you thinking, holier-than-thou? When are you Lefties gonna wake up?

RobertMN on September 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM

WHy can’t he fire all of them ?

runner on September 10, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Is this a legal strike? I don’t know, so I am just asking.

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on September 10, 2012 at 9:53 PM

great minds think alike. my wife just told me the exact same thing.

Prep H on September 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Whatever you say, Hon.

Del Dolemonte on September 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Unions are important, but not always right.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 9:48 PM

c’mon…public sector unions with their pension and healthcare demands are bankrupting cities and states.

gracie on September 10, 2012 at 10:14 PM

First: Detroit

Next: Chicago

Two great manufacturing centers destroyed by collective bargaining.

BobMbx on September 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Is this a legal strike? I don’t know, so I am just asking.

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM

How do you mean ?

runner on September 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM

I still fondly recall the Great Late 1960′s New York City Teachers’ Strikes led by the Reverend Albert Shanker, whose name sounds suspiciously like that of SCTV Bad Guy Tommy Shanks.

At the time us middle school kids cheered Shanker’s antics, because we didn’t have to go to school.

He later went to prison, of course…

Del Dolemonte on September 10, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Next: Chicago

Two great manufacturing centers destroyed by collective bargaining.

chicago is such an expensive place to live now that only the crooks and cronies can afford to be there

gracie on September 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Is this a legal strike? I don’t know, so I am just asking.

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM

How do you mean ?

runner on September 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM

In the case of the FAA controllers strike, the aircraft controllers were legally prohibited from striking. I believe that was one of the legal conditions for them being allowed to unionize. Because their strike action was illegal, Reagan had the legal authority to fire them because they were breaking the law.

My question is whether the CTU is likewise legally prohibited from going on strike. Now, I realize that Chicago is a democrat city and that the law in Chicago is only a minor obstacle to any there with any power, but am just curious as to whether there are any specific prohibitions on them being able to strike.

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM

redguy on September 10, 2012 at 9:16 PM

I do believe Rush said as much today. It’s a ploy so that Obama can be the big savior.

PatriotGal2257 on September 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

The scary thing is that the offer on the table is an economic disaster as is. If the union “caves” and “settles” for the deal, Chicago is still screwed. They were handed a Cadillac and they’re griping they didn’t get Mercedes.

mankai on September 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Del Delmonte with an SCTV reference…. awesome.

Joe Flaherty is a conservative, btw. He and Short have a little political scuffle during the commentary on one of the NBC discs.

mankai on September 10, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Details of CPS Offer to CTU
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Press release:
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CPS Offers Fair and Reasonable Deal to CTU to Avoid a Strike
September 9, 2012
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The Chicago Board of Education is Offering the Chicago Teachers Union a Fair and Reasonable Proposal

to Set the Stage for a Deal and Avoid a Strike:
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Increases in Pay: 16 percent average salary increase equaling $320 million over the next four years, including COLA (3% year 1; 2% years 2,3,4) lanes and modified step increases that both reward experience and provides better incentives for mid-career teachers to help keep them serving in the Chicago Public School system.

New Opportunities and Security for Laid Off Teachers:
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*Teachers displaced due to school closings: will receive a job at a school receiving their students if there is a vacancy; placed in a reassigned teacher pool for five months or may elect to receive a three-month lump sum severance; or placed in a Quality
Teacher Force Pool in which teachers who apply for positions shall be entitled to an interview and explanation if not hired.

*Teachers displaced due to turnarounds or phase outs: placed in a reassigned teacher pool for five months or may elect three-month lump sum severance.

*Teachers displaced for other reasons: shall have recall rights for one year for the same unit and position and will be offered interim assignment in substitute teacher pool.

Joint Implementation of Teacher Evaluations with Flexibility When Needed: The Board has proposed to work jointly with CTU to fully implement REACH Students and maintain performance standards and student growth requirements. This proposal will also allow CPS and CTU to study REACH’s implementation jointly and make adjustments as needed.

New Short-Term Disability Policy, Including First-Ever Paid Maternity Leave: While the banking of sick days will end, the Board will offer short-term disability to all CTU members, including paid-maternity leave. Employees will no longer need to use sick days to take time off needed for the birth of a child – nor will they need to bank the number of sick days needed before starting their family planning. Employees who have a short-term illness will not have to use sick days in order to take time needed to get well; short-term disability coverage will cover their needs and provide pay while recovering. The proposal will protect accrued sick-day accumulation for teachers with over 15 years of service in the form of pension service credits.

CPS to Cover Part of Employee Pension Contribution: The Board has also offered to continue picking up 7% each employee’s 9% pension contribution.

Freeze on Health Care Contributions for Most Plans: The Board is calling for a modification to the health care plan funding that will freeze all employee health care contributions for single and couple plans with a small increase in family contributions of no more than $20 a pay period in addition to a small increase in emergency room co-pays. 67 percent of all CTU members will not see a change to their healthcare.

Increased Opportunity for Promotion: The Board proposes that CPS and CTU collaborate and work together to increase promotion opportunities and identify differentiated compensation models that have worked in other places.

Improved Health and Living: Like the nearly 40,000 City employees who have already signed up for the Wellness program, the Board is asking teachers to join the program at no cost. Teachers can opt-out of Wellness, and pay a small premium differential.

Improved Monitoring of Class Size Issues: The Board remains committed to protecting and maintaining current class sizes, but will establish a panel and joint supervisory committee with the CTU to monitor and address any class size issues that may arise.

Creation of a New CTU/CPS Commission to Find Fair Pension Funding Solution: The Board pledges to partner with the CTU through the formation of a Legislative Commission to find the right solutions for pension reform and draft legislation that ensures equitable pension funding.

A Better, Fuller Calendar: Maintain a calendar with 180 student attendance days, and 190 teacher workdays, including 10 Professional Development days.

A Full School Day: The newly extended Elementary school day will continue to be 7 hours, while high school days will now be 7.25 hours, a decrease from 7.5 hours. In addition, high school teachers will be limited to teaching only five classes.
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http://www.cps.edu/News/Announcements/Pages/09_09_2012_A1.aspx

canopfor on September 10, 2012 at 10:56 PM

BobMbx on September 10, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Like this?

a capella on September 10, 2012 at 11:01 PM

AZfederalist on September 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM

I see. Don’t know. I imagine if there were any legal levers Emmanuel could have pulled he would have done it by now.

runner on September 10, 2012 at 11:09 PM

All I know is that every time I see that woman President of the Chicago teacher’s union on TV all I can think of is Obama’s line about lipstick that was intended to attack Sarah Palin.

Metanis on September 10, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Clint’s words are still echoing.

We own this. This our country.

They work for us…….. Not their freakin corrupt union.

Time to rewind back to that fundamental relationship.

FlaMurph on September 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Time for an impromptu presser by the big guy somewhere in Chicago?

BRILLIANT IDEA!

An empty school perhaps?

The ER full of shot teenagers?

ted c on September 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Supporting the right to organize and bargain collectively doesn’t mean that you cave to every demand.

urban elitist on September 10, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Right. You just can’t send your child to school. If you took away the legalese of collective bargaining, this sort of act would fall nicely into a charge of extortion. And since it is organized, RICO could probably be argued also.

Legal extortion..pay me what I want, or your kids don’t go to school/fires don’t get put out/trash doesn’t get picked up/coal doesn’t get dug/cars don’t get built/trucks sit idle/etc…

And not caving to every demand is simply known as ‘union busting’.

BobMbx on September 10, 2012 at 9:53 PM
Yes, it’s legal extortion. When you remove free market principles, you get a bad results that are very expensive.

newportmike on September 10, 2012 at 11:37 PM

I dunno about this. It’s not like Rahm is trying to reform the union or Chicago education.

Guess this is the lesser of two evils?

TexAz on September 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM

I agree. He has to be getting something out of this…nothing happens without him benefiting, somehow.

ccrosby on September 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM

I was just thinking the other day that there hasn’t been any big strikes during Obama’s term and then this, right in his hometown right before an election. It means something, but I don’t know what.

It could just be that if you have regime change and then there are lots of strikes, people would have seen there is a political element because there was none during Obama’s presidency, so you have your Chicago teachers, who you can ultimately control, go on strike now to change that optic.

Buddahpundit on September 11, 2012 at 12:39 AM

We were talking about the topic, having a nice back and forth of ideas, no insults, no “sky is falling”.

Dammit!

gophergirl on September 10, 2012 at 8:38 PM

GG, with all due respect, quite a few of you have not discussed the actual topic. Lots of b!tching about comments that were not made. What is up with that?

katy the mean old lady on September 11, 2012 at 12:46 AM

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