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Chicago Teachers Union Demands 30 Percent Pay Raise
Heritage Foundation ^ | June 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Lindsey Burke

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. You’d 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 Schools—a district facing a $700 million deficit—makes $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 hours—among the nation’s shortest school days—to 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 Heritage’s 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.



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: corruption; democrats; democratutopia; unions
Start looking for replacments now and fire then lot. In this economy, there are probably plenty of qualified people who will work for 30% less.
1 posted on 06/18/2012 1:33:22 PM PDT by Sopater
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To: Sopater

“fire then lot” should be “fire the lot”.


2 posted on 06/18/2012 1:34:44 PM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater

Close the public schools let the children run wild in the streets, it can’t get any worse there as it is.


3 posted on 06/18/2012 1:35:55 PM PDT by The Louiswu (Pray for America)
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To: Sopater

> 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.


4 posted on 06/18/2012 1:36:50 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (End the racist, anti-capitalist Obama War On Freedom.)
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To: Sopater

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.


5 posted on 06/18/2012 1:41:10 PM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: The Louiswu

——Close the public schools let the children run wild in the streets, it can’t get any worse there as it is.-——

No exaggeration. And you can save $15k/child/yr.


6 posted on 06/18/2012 1:41:26 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Sopater

Wow a whole 5.5 hours to 7.5, God what a bunch whinny crybabies, but after wisconsin I am not surprised.

Poor Chicago


7 posted on 06/18/2012 1:41:35 PM PDT by blitz128
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To: Sopater

they make about 6, 7x what I do.


8 posted on 06/18/2012 1:46:38 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas, Texas, Whisky)
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To: The Louiswu

Close the schools & then contract out to Charter Schools. They’ll save money AND actually educate the children.


9 posted on 06/18/2012 1:50:53 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: JCBreckenridge

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.


10 posted on 06/18/2012 1:51:58 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: Sopater

I suppose the next thing they’ll want is the summer off. Oh, wait, they already get that.


11 posted on 06/18/2012 1:52:27 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: Sopater
Back in the mid 70s, the Chicago teachers were on strike and a tv reporter was interviewing a picketer, he asked her what she did at the school and I'm not making this up, she said."I teaches English".
12 posted on 06/18/2012 1:52:31 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Obama versus Romney? Cyanide versus arsenic.)
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To: The Louiswu

Vouchers!


13 posted on 06/18/2012 1:54:09 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: JCBreckenridge

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”.


14 posted on 06/18/2012 1:58:12 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Sopater

Shee it ... go ‘head ‘n strike ... th’ kids’ll prolly actually LEARN sum’m


15 posted on 06/18/2012 2:00:22 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

He would earn my vote... Unionized public school teachers are vastly overpaid.


16 posted on 06/18/2012 2:07:08 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas, Texas, Whisky)
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To: allmendream

Same here. Teach in my subject of qualification because I enjoy teaching.


17 posted on 06/18/2012 2:08:43 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas, Texas, Whisky)
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To: Sopater

Close the schools and pay the parents $10,000 per child to homeschool. It would be cheaper for the taxpayer.


18 posted on 06/18/2012 2:10:13 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Sopater
“fire then lot” should be “fire the lot”.

Ah. For a moment there, I thought you wanted all of them turned into pillars of salt...

19 posted on 06/18/2012 2:11:20 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1245 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
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To: JCBreckenridge

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”.


20 posted on 06/18/2012 2:24:35 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: null and void
For a moment there, I thought you wanted all of them turned into pillars of salt...

I'm good with that.
21 posted on 06/18/2012 2:26:35 PM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Graybeard58
I was pulled out of public school in the third grade for the same reason. My mother went to meet the teacher, and I was enrolled in private school the next day. That was also in the 70s

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.

22 posted on 06/18/2012 2:26:35 PM PDT by kara37
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To: Sopater

Hey...Chicago teachez...I got yer 30% raise hangin’ right heah. Come get it. ;-)


23 posted on 06/18/2012 2:27:27 PM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Sopater
That vote gives the union the ability to walk out of public school classrooms as children return to school this fall

Who cares. They are not teaching much of anything except acting like organized gangsters. Those not back in the classroom don't get paid.

24 posted on 06/18/2012 2:33:02 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: allmendream
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”.

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?

25 posted on 06/18/2012 2:34:36 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: Sopater

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?


26 posted on 06/18/2012 2:36:00 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: Sopater
I suspect they will avert a “disastrous” strike by “settling” for the actual percentage raise they wanted in the first place. Negotiate...start high...
27 posted on 06/18/2012 2:43:55 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: The Louiswu
Close the public schools let the children run wild in the streets, it can’t get any worse there as it is.

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.

28 posted on 06/18/2012 2:43:57 PM PDT by dznutz
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To: BuffaloJack

sort of like how when they had that doctors strike in Israel and the mortality rate went down...


29 posted on 06/18/2012 2:47:51 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: dznutz

Year round day care too.

We can’t let the poor kids starve in the summer.
http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1716
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?


30 posted on 06/18/2012 2:50:21 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: dznutz

Year round day care too.

We can’t let the poor kids starve in the summer.
http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1716
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?)


31 posted on 06/18/2012 2:50:56 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Uncle Chip

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.


32 posted on 06/18/2012 2:51:52 PM PDT by americas.best.days...
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To: nascarnation

I think it is about time to hit the reset button.


33 posted on 06/18/2012 2:58:39 PM PDT by dznutz
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To: Sopater

Hell, I say give it to them and for that matter a $100,000 bonus to all.


34 posted on 06/18/2012 3:02:25 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Sopater


35 posted on 06/18/2012 3:19:18 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

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.


36 posted on 06/18/2012 4:08:55 PM PDT by spawn44 (mu)
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To: Sopater

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.


37 posted on 06/18/2012 4:19:43 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: Graybeard58
. . . and I'm not making this up, she said."I teaches English".

Wha' be wrong wi' dat? She larns' ar' choodren, don' she?

38 posted on 06/18/2012 4:23:38 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: spawn44
just by books for the kids

just buy books for the kids (must be having public screwel flash backs!)

39 posted on 06/18/2012 4:29:22 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: allmendream
I was told (in California) that I needed a degree in “Education” in order to teach High School.

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.

40 posted on 06/18/2012 4:41:29 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: laweeks

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?


41 posted on 06/18/2012 4:45:57 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: nascarnation
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.

42 posted on 06/18/2012 4:51:53 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: laweeks

Understand. Glad things worked out.

My Dad (RIP) graduated from East Tech in 1932.

Obviously it was a much different world then.


43 posted on 06/18/2012 4:55:54 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: allmendream
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.

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.

44 posted on 06/18/2012 5:04:47 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: Sopater

I think some illegal aliens granted amnesty should take their jobs..maybe then the unions would get fired up


45 posted on 06/18/2012 5:12:53 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: Sopater

Rahm is being “triangulated” by his own peeps...love it.


46 posted on 06/18/2012 5:29:47 PM PDT by demsux (Obama: THE job destroyer)
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To: spawn44
ain't that the truth...
47 posted on 06/18/2012 6:05:16 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Sopater

The only appropriate response to such an absurd demand...should be ROFLMAO


48 posted on 06/18/2012 6:13:28 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: allmendream

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.


49 posted on 06/18/2012 8:30:14 PM PDT by castlebar lass
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