Skip to comments.Chicago teachers strike for first time in 25 years; contingency sites ready, charters remain open
Posted on 09/10/2012 6:49:53 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Chicago teachers began walking the picket line for the first time in 25 years Monday morning, leaving parents to scramble for alternatives for their children.
.....Steve Parsons, the lead picket who teaches AP psychology at the high school said Monday: Its all up to Mayor Emanuel. We all want to go back to the classrooms. The mayor is not valuing our opinions as educators.
.....Vitale said the contract amounted to a 16 percent raise over four years for the average teacher when factoring other increases. And the raises could not be rescinded for lack of funds which is what happened this past school year, angering teachers and helping to set the stage for Mondays strike.
This is not a small commitment were making at a time when your fiscal situation is really challenged, Vitale said. A $1 billion deficit awaits the system at the end of this school year, officials have estimated. And the district drained its reserve funds to plug this years budget......
.....The union also has pushed for improved working conditions, such as smaller class sizes, more libraries, air-conditioned schools, and more social workers and counselors to address the increasing needs of students surrounded by violence all big-ticket items. CPS officials contend they are seeking a fair contract, with raises for teachers, but are limited by funding and the threat of a $1 billion deficit at the end of this school year.
In front of Chicago Teachers Union strike headquarters Sunday afternoon at the corner of Marshfield and Van Buren, a steady stream of teachers picked up picket signs and T-shirts.....
(Excerpt) Read more at suntimes.com ...
Avg salary...$71,000 per year ($50 per hour) plus benefits...poor slobs...
I popped over to a Chicago cop’s blog to see what they were saying about this fiasco (because cops were to flood the streets because of the wild kids). Comments are pretty interesting. (Not my blog, btw.)
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Fire them all and salt the earth.
Government schools are a plague —the worst invention of modernity.
More targets on the streets for the gangstas.
Expect the Chicago nightly death toll to rise...
Fire all of them, void the contracts and hire non-union replacements (I wish)
It is the Left and Democrats’ “War on Children”
Abort them in the womb, fail to educate them when they are young, and destroy their future with Gov’t debt
WAR ON CHILDREN
WAR ON CHILDREN
WAR ON CHILDREN
WAR ON CHILDREN
Just keep telling yourselves that this isn’t just another greedy leftist union. This is for the children.
Geez, with no free schools will the illegals go home?
“Chicago, The City That Works” Bwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!
Rahm Emmanuel vs. an AFL/CIO Teachers’ Union. Enemy vs. Enemy. I love it!
Public schools are the world’’s most expensive baby-sitting service. They also serve as juvenile detention centers.
Years ago, when the Dallas Cowboys had won their first Super Bowl, there was a big victory parade in downtown Dallas. A melee soon ensued, and one upset lady sputtered to the TV news reporter, “Why aren’t all these juvenile delinquents in school where they belong?”
Do what Wisconsin did: pass right-to-work for public employees, and forbid public employers from taking union dues out of paychecks. A large percentage of WI school teachers quit their unions.
-— Its all up to Mayor Emanuel. We all want to go back to the classrooms. The mayor is not valuing our opinions as educators.——
Have to agree with Twinkletoes on this one.
Whatever happened to independent school districts? Does the Mayor of Chicago also supposed to run the schools? Do they not have a school board?
If they strike, fire them.
Oh wait, closed PUBLIC schools.... cool.
...as well as state-sponsored dating services (aka, "high school").
.....And the raises could not be rescinded for lack of funds .....
Their raises, benefits and retirement are sacrosanct.
Let the students eat their dust.
Live blogging the Chicago Teachers Strike: SOLIDARITY
Careful, don’t love it too much cause the Black messiah will ride in a white horse to Chicago and spread some fairy dust and all will be well and he will be EXALTED as the second coming of christ the great deliverer by the mediaWHOREs and the stupid idiot Americans! Never doubt the stupidity of our country folk.
I guess educating children is a distant afterthought for Chicago’s Teachers union.
...it would be astounding at the number of the present teachers who would sign up.
It would cleanse the gene pool too. The bad teachers would go away since their protection racket was dismantled.
If Deadfish would just fire all the union teachers, the disruption would last for one or two days, whereas the "strike" scenario will last for weeks, and cause untold misery and hostility.
Democrats Unveil the Weapon of the Future "What do the political battles in Wisconsin and the Spanish Civil War have in common? A disturbing characteristic.
The Spanish Civil War is one of those events that are on the way to becoming forgotten history. The term "civil war" is a bit misleading, since the conflict internationalized itself in short order, with Hitler and Mussolini lining up with the rebels, or "Nationalists", and Stalin backing the "Republicans" (actually a motley gaggle of various left-wing elements). The dictatorships utilized Spain as a proving ground for new tactics and weapons, including the Me-109, fighter-bomber, the Ju-87 Stuka dive bomber, along with Rotte fighter tactics and area bombing raids, such as that carried out against Guernica. The war ended in 1939 with the defeat of the Republicans, even as World War II was looming. The Germans learned quite a lot in Spain that they applied to the Blitzkrieg campaigns against Poland and France. (Uncle Joe might have picked up a few things if he hadn't decided to have most of the officers sent to Spain shot on their return.)
Something similar, though on a much lower key (no massacres or bombing raids yet) has been occurring in Wisconsin over the past few months: a nearly open civil war instigated by the left in order to test an array of new tactics.".......
I see those youngsters doing the betting of their teacher parents...DON’T BE FOOLED! The teacher’s union is powerful and they will parade and use their own flesh and blood kids to press on with their agenda!!
“Red on red”. How funny.
Maybe governor Walker will send Rahm Emanuel a nice note, offering him accommodations in Wisconsin if he wishes to flee Illinois. Along with a gift card to Chick-fil-A.
Personally, I’m hoping that Emanuel goes nasty on the union and gives them a major beat down. The best way to do this is to offer up a bunch of public schools for sale to charter school companies.
Free enterprise is known for its quick response time, and I imagine they would be all over that offer like a duck on a June bug. This would throw the union into an utter panic.
Not in a million years.
Gotta disagree. Public schools helped make America the great melting pot. Get rid of public schools and you'll eventually end up with self-segregated charter schools. And that's very dangerous.
The problem with today's public schools is they've bought into all that PC garbage. Unfortunately, that won't be easy to reverse.
Fire them all
Here we agree. If those teachers don't want to work for $71,000 a year, find others who will.
I'm inclined to believe this is all one big fat Kabuki Dance.
Rahm should pull a Ronald Reagan and FIRE all the striking teachers, offer to hire some thousand of unemployed recent college graduates, provide relocation assistance (as part of the $400 M the school turned down) and offer the New Teachers 6 months of a housing stipend until they can get settled.
THEN see how many of these former teachers can get a job. I mean they only turned down a 16% raise.
You cannot tell me that there are not people willing to work for the previous salary!
UPDATE: A suspicious reader emails: It MAY be ALL coincidental, but within the last couple of weeks, my cousin told me about a truly diabolical plan for election optics. He is a Longshoreman in Texas. His union was considering going on strike for the sole purpose of allowing BHO to intervene and settle the labor dispute and look like either a uniter or maybe even tough on unions. So, when I saw that Rahms teachers went on strike in spite of a 16% pay raise offer, my mind went places that logic would never take it, but modern day politics do. Worth watching anyway. Also, to protect my cousin from retribution from union thugs, I suppose it would be best to avoid attribution here.
This could be sticky. Could this be Obama's October surprise? Does any FReeper out there have anything to add?
Yes and when officals of the Wisconsin’s teacher’s union
left, they came to Maine and we have them now.
One them at meeting said about paper mills, “They stink”.
In Maine no less.
Yep, I suspect one of the "October surprises" is going on here.
I wonder if it will work or backfire?
Can you site a source? BTW, $70K = $35 per hour, but maybe you are considering they don't work a full year.
The link to Instapundit.
I saw it yesterday. It’s awesome! LOL! Thanks!
Nothing more than zer0’s best buddy, Rahm, and his most reliable supporters, the teachers’ union, putting on a theatrical performance so he can magically ride into his supposed hometown and save it from this impasses. He has to do this to counter Walker’s beatdown of the public unions in Wisconsin.
It's fo' da chi'rens.
And somehow it will also be “Bush’s fault...he screwed up the economy nationwide” etc.
I heard spoken word artist Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys fame years ago speaking to college age kids about how schools, etc. were suffering because their “parents are too cheap to pay higher taxes”. Yes. Blame mom and dad for being greedy, too. (sob!) Why can’t the politicians just listen to those well behaved,
well dressed, intelligent people at the Occupy protests? (/sarcasm)
Unlike every other school district in Illinois, the Chicago Board of Education is appointed, not elected. Every member of the Board of Education is a mayoral appointee, so Mayor Rahm Emanuel (and his immediate predecessor, former Mayor Richard M. Daley) are responsible for the composition of the school board.
LOL!!!!!!!!!!! I just shared that on facebook
If Romney and the GOP don’t seize on this, they are completely useless.
How would you seize on it?
Have an ad, stating that for years the Democrats have tried to say that the Republicans have a war on children....but here is clear proof that they are the ones guilty of it.
Sadly makes sense in their diabolical world. Not too many people at any wage turn down 16% increase. And as for standardized tests, they have all looped around that for years... teachers who can’t or don’t want to work still keep their union protected jobs and students graduate unable to read or make change in a store. Sad show for O to save the day and all those jobs can be added to his already imaginary figures.
Exactly what I was thinking this morning while watching him on the news. LOLOLOLOL!!! Payback is a witch.
What a weird system
Or Rahm’s “Sistah Souljah” moment for his potential 2016 run for POTUS.
Public sector unions, the state media and Obama are salivating for Romney to wade into this — it will become “the Rich, white Republican candidate’s war on middle America (formally known as “working American” aka unions).” It will suck all the air from any other issue.
BTW, I went to govt schools, have one kid in govt school (against my wishes) and one homeschooled. I see both sides. And the govt schools are a joke. No, a nightmare.
“Some schools opened to serve breakfast and lunch”
I worked in a small school district (8 elementaries - 2 high schools) in So. Cal for a few years for the the elementary school lunch program. At one time they were going to start this breakfast program. Supervisor asked for suggestions from us “lunch servers” (aka, dreaded lunch ladies). I tried to get behind the program but it was difficult as every suggestion I had was turned down.
I pictured 20 or so kids sitting at a table sharing a big box of wheaties, or corn pops or whatever, cups of OJ poured from large container, milk for the cereal out of a pitcher and a piece of sliced fruit. We had a full service kitchen — so we could intersperse hot oatmeal and raisins or Cream of Wheat in between the cold cereals.
No, No, No each kid had to have individual boxes of OJ, Milk, and those little cereals, doubling the cost of course for taxpayers. The little boxes were so they could have a “choice”. My response was “This is free — what’s the big choice thing going on here.”
My final suggestion of saying Grace, or a moment of thanks for this meal was just laughed at out loud, as I knew it would be.
So, in summary, what I envisioed as what could have been a fun start of the day for the little kids, with good humor and a flower or two on the table occasionally, turned into a costly assembly line of 20 griping kids with half-eaten breakfast — just like at the lunch time where trash cans are full of food.
My rant for the day. Thanks for listening (reading).