Skip to comments.Chicago Teachers Union Demands 30 Percent Pay Raise
Posted on 06/18/2012 1:33:16 PM PDT by Sopater
It takes a lot of nerve to ask for a 30 percent pay raise. Youd better be sure you had a banner year. Yet in Chicago, where just 15 percent of fourth graders are proficient in reading (and just 56 percent of students graduate), the teachers union is set to strike if the district does not agree to a 30 percent increase in teachers salaries.
The average teacher in Chicago Public Schoolsa district facing a $700 million deficitmakes $71,000 per year before benefits are included. If the district meets union demands and rewards teachers with the requested salary increase, education employees will receive compensation north of $92,000 per year.
According to the Illinois Policy Institute, the average annual income of a family in Chicago is $47,000 per year. If implemented, the 30 percent raise will mean that in nine months, a single teacher in the Chicago Public School system will take home nearly double what the average family in the city earns in a year.
According to the union, 91 percent of its members voted for the ability to strike. That vote gives the union the ability to walk out of public school classrooms as children return to school this fall.
The union argues that Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) wants to extend the school day, and that the requested salary increase would compensate them for extending the school day from 5.5 hoursamong the nations shortest school daysto 7.5 hours. Chicago Public Schools states that under the extended school day:
On average teachers will provide 5.5 hours of instruction (an increase of 54 minutes), receive a 45-minute duty-free lunch and 60-minute prep period and supervise the passing period. They will also be required to be on-site for 10 minutes before and after school.
While the union bemoans the longer school day and is demanding a hefty pay raise as a result, taxpayers will be left holding the bill for a 30 percent salary increase and wondering whether $92,000 is appropriate compensation for public school employees.
As Heritages Jason Richwine notes, public school teachers should be compensated no better or worse than their similarly skilled private-sector counterparts.
the teaching profession is not actually underpaid, nor is it an unpopular career choice among college graduates. In fact, total compensation for the average public school teacher is considerably higher than what his or her skills would merit in the private sector.
Creating a teacher compensation system that rewards the best teachers in a fiscally responsible manner is a broadly shared goal. To that end, policymakers should avoid across-the-board pay increases, focusing instead on performance pay by easing restrictions on entering the teaching profession, and basing tenure decisions on performance in the classroom.
“fire then lot” should be “fire the lot”.
Close the public schools let the children run wild in the streets, it can’t get any worse there as it is.
> the teachers union is set to strike if the district does not agree to a 30 percent increase in teachers salaries.
A teachers’ strike would be the best thing for the students.
They’d have to be either home-schooled or they’d have to hire non-union teachers who’d have an incentive for doing a good job.
A perfect example of how out-of-kilter public sector union workers demands (and poor performance) and the taxpayers ability to pay for them have become. These mediocre teachers should be fired, not given pay increases. That they make this demand stridently, and issue threats along with it, is outrageous. Oh, wait, this is happening in Chicago. Never mind.
——Close the public schools let the children run wild in the streets, it cant get any worse there as it is.-——
No exaggeration. And you can save $15k/child/yr.
Wow a whole 5.5 hours to 7.5, God what a bunch whinny crybabies, but after wisconsin I am not surprised.
they make about 6, 7x what I do.
Close the schools & then contract out to Charter Schools. They’ll save money AND actually educate the children.
Governor Quinn should pull a Walker and watch the left’s heads explode.
He would definitely lose, but it would put the issue in front of the whole nation.
I suppose the next thing they’ll want is the summer off. Oh, wait, they already get that.
I make more than the average teacher makes now, and less than they would make after a 30% raise.
But then again I work 9 hours a day five days a week without a built in summer vacation or the sweet retirement package they get.
And I received a real education - rather than a degree in “Education”.
Shee it ... go ‘head ‘n strike ... th’ kids’ll prolly actually LEARN sum’m
He would earn my vote... Unionized public school teachers are vastly overpaid.
Same here. Teach in my subject of qualification because I enjoy teaching.
Close the schools and pay the parents $10,000 per child to homeschool. It would be cheaper for the taxpayer.
Ah. For a moment there, I thought you wanted all of them turned into pillars of salt...
I tried that. Despite the much bemoaned lack of teachers in science and math - and a M.S. degree - I was told (in California) that I needed a degree in “Education” in order to teach High School.
Sure, as a Graduate Student I was apparently qualified to teach College students University level Cell and Molecular Biology (I was very highly rated by my students), I was apparently unqualified to teach High School students basic Science.
I loved teaching as well, and was willing to take a pay cut to do it. But I was not willing to go back to school to get a degree in “Education”. My ex wife went through that and I helped her though the nonsensical course work.
But all is well that ends well. Now I do real science every day and make more than I would have as a teacher (although the work is harder and the hours longer and the perks less). Moreover I really do good with the work I do - finding life changing novel treatments for serious diseases.
When I hear about them threatening to strike I can only think “Ronald Reagan and the Air Traffic Controllers”.
Fire them all and replace them - it shouldn’t be too hard to find qualified teachers if you do not insist on a degree in “Education”.
I remember my mother telling the Principal that she had a hard enough time making sure that I spoke correct English, and I sure didn't need a teacher that speaks it worse than a 4 year old.
I come from a long line of English teachers, and my mother is still quick to correct me.
Hey...Chicago teachez...I got yer 30% raise hangin’ right heah. Come get it. ;-)
Who cares. They are not teaching much of anything except acting like organized gangsters. Those not back in the classroom don't get paid.
The ones "insisting" are the lawmakers who are in the union's pocket. The taxpayers make no such insistence - but since when have their opinions mattered?
Come on folks, they deserve the raise. Have you ever tried to teach ebonics to a bunch of thugs who have no interest in learning? /sarc
How much will the 30% increase pension costs?
Anyone need more proof these communist union teachers (redundant) are doing their best to insure the Cloward & Piven strategy to collapse the system so “Fearless Reader” can fully implement his Marxist regime?
The schools are giant, government run daycare centers. They babysit for Mama while she is off getting her "hair did" and nails manicured. They feed the students breakfast, and lunch. After dismissal, they are running wild in the streets anyway. The high schools even have daycare set up inside the building for the babies of STUDENTS. The government is taking over the job of the parenting the children, and the real parents don't mind, as long as their purple visa "LINK" card gets charged up at the beginning of the month.
sort of like how when they had that doctors strike in Israel and the mortality rate went down...
Year round day care too.
We can’t let the poor kids starve in the summer.
I used the locator function and got 202 location just in the county where Indianapolis is located.
(don’t we pay the families to feed these little b@stards with WIC and EBT also?
Year round day care too.
We can’t let the poor kids starve in the summer.
I used the locator function and got 202 locations just in the county where Indianapolis is located.
(don’t we pay the families to feed these little b@stards with WIC and EBT also?)
your response is so quaint, i almost began to cry.
this is CHICAGO public schools. take a look at the’parents’
or more likely grandmother, and you’ll probably reconsider.
i wish it could be so,though.
go teachers union,go. DO IT!! the more traditionally
‘democrat’ institutions p*ss off the voter, the better, in the long run. disillusionment can cause one to look elsewhere.
I think it is about time to hit the reset button.
Hell, I say give it to them and for that matter a $100,000 bonus to all.
15% are good readers. I say fire all the teachers and just by books for the kids. Hell, they could do better than that on their own.
There’s no way to stop this crap. The teachers’ union in cahoots with the criminal school administration have the public screwel systems pretty much destroyed. 14% proficiency?
Parents can’t help. Most inner city homes have only one parent, probably an unmarried woman who’s either on welfare and watches Springer/Maury all day, or she’s working somewhere desperately trying to feed a family that some male bastard(s) walked away from.
And then these morally corrupt teachers’ union thugs get in their fancy cars after school each day, drive home to their suburban homes, and work no more than 8 months of the year.
Disgusting. Out of control. Criminal.
Wha' be wrong wi' dat? She larns' ar' choodren, don' she?
just buy books for the kids (must be having public screwel flash backs!)
I live in the Cleveland area and couldn't even get an interview with the Cleveland Public Screwels. Why?
1) I am "white."
2) I don't have an Education degree . . . just a Bachelor's Degree in History and Social Studies.
3) My 23 years of teaching at a family owned vocational school didn't mean squat either.
That same year, the Cleveland School system went to overseas to hire hundreds of Indian teachers, brought them over here, housed them, and today, there's not one left in the system between being beat up, robbed, raped, etc., within the schools themselves.
But . . . can't hire that "white" guy from the suburbs who doesn't have that "Education" degree.
As a former Clevelander, I can’t for the life of me understand why you’d want to work in that system.
Your life isn’t worth the risk.
Aren’t there many other options?
I was out of work and didn't have any prospects. But, you're right . . . I didn't really want to work in that kind of a stinking cesspool, but a job's a job until I might get another one.
Fortunately, the private school I was teaching at part-time, hired me full time. So, all's well that ends well.
Understand. Glad things worked out.
My Dad (RIP) graduated from East Tech in 1932.
Obviously it was a much different world then.
For teaching high school, I would dispense with "Ed" degrees, and require a degree in the subject being taught. The whole "Ed" degree system is a scam to put the education system under the control of a small group of education professors.
I would also use the military as a pool of instructors for some subjects. Military NCOs and officers spend much of their time teaching complex tasks to teenagers.
I think some illegal aliens granted amnesty should take their jobs..maybe then the unions would get fired up
Rahm is being “triangulated” by his own peeps...love it.
The only appropriate response to such an absurd demand...should be ROFLMAO
The CTU has no contract with the CBOE.The Air Traffic Controllers had a signed contract and a group of them decided to strike.They were fired as they should have been.
Yes,there may be a percentage within every career that has no business being there.This is what happened when the government entered into the workplace and education.You were told whom to hire.
My 2 youngest grandchildren are graduates of the CBOE schools.They are on academic scholarships.One is in New Orleans and the other in Urbana.The one, at the UofI, is in Honors Chemistry.They are good girls and do well in their studies.The chemistry major has been an intern at Wrigley Company since she was sixteen(3yrs).
A politician in Springfield wanted a CBOE teacher to give her daughter grades that the child did not deserve.When she didn’t get her way,she went to Arne Duncan. He called the school and told them to do what this mother wanted.He is with Obama and runs the Education Department.
Hats off to the the 96% of the teachers that do an excellent job with our children day in and day out.