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Vote could push Chicago closer to teachers strike
Associated Press ^ | Jun 8, 2012, 7:42 PM EDT | DON BABWIN

Posted on 06/08/2012 5:21:24 PM PDT by Hunton Peck

Angry that one promised raise disappeared and that they're being asked to work longer days without what they consider to be an adequate pay increase, Chicago teachers are considering authorizing their first strike in a quarter-century.

In a signal of their mounting anger, teachers are voting this week - before a summer of negotiations and a recommendation from an independent fact-finder - on a strike that wouldn't happen until the next school year starts. If they do authorize a strike, teachers in the nation's third-largest school...

"This is a reflection of the treatment we as teachers have been subjected to this year ... that the posturing of the board of education has created such misery and suffering and discontent that we needed to send a message," said David Rose, a teacher at Roberto Clemente Community Academy.

The frustration largely centers around Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who rescinded a 4 percent raise last year and then began pushing for a longer school day. Teachers say the mayor - and now the district - have not offered them enough money to make up for the added time.

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Parents, meanwhile, are worried, not just about the education of the city's children, but about their safety and well-being should teachers go on strike. The district has about 405,000 students in more than 675 schools.

"The gang violence in my neighborhood is way too high to risk having children home on a daily basis when they should be in school," said Letitia Daniel, whose 11-year-old boy goes to school on the city's South Side.

Her sister, Felisha Slater, noted the school her two young sons attend elsewhere in the city also provides meals.

"Some of the kids, their parents can't afford to buy food for their families, and they get fed at school," she said.

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TOPICS: Government; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: chicago; chicagoway; governmentunions; illinois; rahmemmanuel; unions

1 posted on 06/08/2012 5:21:30 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

The kids will be better off if they DO strike. I say, go for it!


2 posted on 06/08/2012 5:22:45 PM PDT by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: Hunton Peck

‘but about their safety and well-being should teachers go on strike. “

HMMPHF! Some of these parents are pissed they are going to lose free daycare! Wahhhhh!


3 posted on 06/08/2012 5:23:52 PM PDT by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: Hunton Peck

I guess you really DO reap what you sow.


4 posted on 06/08/2012 5:24:22 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Hunton Peck
Vote could push Chicago closer to teachers strike

Who cares, the students are not learning anything anyway.

5 posted on 06/08/2012 5:24:58 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: Hunton Peck

Angry that one promised raise disappeared and that they’re being asked to work longer days without what they consider to be an adequate pay increase, Chicago teachers are considering authorizing their first strike in a quarter-century


How about being thankful they still have jobs? How about being thankful they have not been asked to take pay cuts? Or benefit cuts?

That’s what we in the real world have to deal with.


6 posted on 06/08/2012 5:26:28 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Behind enemy lines in the city where it's illegal to buy a Big Gulp)
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To: Hunton Peck

“Some of the kids, their parents can’t afford to buy food for their families, and they get fed at school,” she said.

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Translation: Parents might actually have to stay home and take care of their kids. God forbid, a parent actually has to pour a bowl of cereal or make a sandwich.


7 posted on 06/08/2012 5:28:36 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Hunton Peck

Can’t say I feel too sorry for Chicago.


8 posted on 06/08/2012 5:30:29 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Hunton Peck

They are really expensive babysitters.


9 posted on 06/08/2012 5:30:58 PM PDT by lookout88 (.combat officer's dad)
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To: Hunton Peck
What dedication to the chilrun, I'm beginning to tear up.
10 posted on 06/08/2012 5:34:41 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Couldn’t happen to a more suitable city.


11 posted on 06/08/2012 5:34:41 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: austinaero

“free daycare”

Sounds more like protective custody...


12 posted on 06/08/2012 5:34:57 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck
Teachers unions, your time is up!
13 posted on 06/08/2012 5:38:15 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a "sarcasm" tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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To: Cicero

Its like Detroit, only still writing checks.


14 posted on 06/08/2012 5:44:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Hunton Peck

Let them strike. Perhaps it will convince a few of the lib brain-dead in Chicago to re-think the whole leftist/public union thing.


15 posted on 06/08/2012 5:46:51 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: fatnotlazy
"“Some of the kids, their parents can’t afford to buy food for their families, and they get fed at school,” she said."

God forbid parents take the responsibility to feed their family. Oh the horror!!

Simple solution....keep your legs closed.

16 posted on 06/08/2012 5:58:43 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Wow a higher murder rate than in Afghanistan and now this. Apparently, things are not so great in Rhambostan.


17 posted on 06/08/2012 6:11:18 PM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: NoGrayZone

Most of these parents have enough money for booze, drugs, lottery tickets, etc. We can’t expect them to give up those necessities to feed their kids.


18 posted on 06/08/2012 6:15:18 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Hunton Peck.


19 posted on 06/08/2012 7:08:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: austinaero

Strike away. Let everyone see the greedy union bosses for what they are.

As for the parents that whine the free day care and free meals will be interrupted, they can take the time to learn to be a parent. Shoot, they could even start a neighborhood watch and try and improve the neighborhood.


20 posted on 06/08/2012 7:20:01 PM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the White House)
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To: Hunton Peck
Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, .....

Illinois was probably a big help in keeping Wisconsin voters focused on keeping Walker - they had a near-by example of what happens when the lefties and the unions get their way...

21 posted on 06/09/2012 2:42:41 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Personal Responsibility

San Francisco has it figured out. The students are a resource to be used.

Official Seeks Review Of Oakland School With Panhandling Students

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/06/07/official-seeks-review-of-oakland-school-with-panhandling-students/


22 posted on 06/09/2012 2:53:39 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: fatnotlazy
“Some of the kids, their parents can’t afford to buy food for their families, and they get fed at school,” she said.

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Translation: Parents might actually have to stay home and take care of their kids. God forbid, a parent actually has to pour a bowl of cereal or make a sandwich.

Alternate translation: "We need all our food stamps for booze and lobster."

23 posted on 06/09/2012 4:41:10 AM PDT by MomwithHope (Buy and read Ameritopia by Mark Levin!)
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