Skip to comments.Vote could push Chicago closer to teachers strike
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The frustration largely centers around Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who rescinded a 4 percent raise last year and then began pushing for a longer school day.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.
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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The kids will be better off if they DO strike. I say, go for it!
‘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!
I guess you really DO reap what you sow.
Who cares, the students are not learning anything anyway.
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.
“Some of the kids, their parents can’t afford to buy food for their families, and they get fed at school,” she said.
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.
Can’t say I feel too sorry for Chicago.
They are really expensive babysitters.
Couldn’t happen to a more suitable city.
Sounds more like protective custody...
Its like Detroit, only still writing checks.
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.
God forbid parents take the responsibility to feed their family. Oh the horror!!
Simple solution....keep your legs closed.
Wow a higher murder rate than in Afghanistan and now this. Apparently, things are not so great in Rhambostan.
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.
Thanks Hunton Peck.
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.
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