Skip to comments.It’s For the Kids… Chicago Teachers – Who Make $74,839 a Year – Go On Strike
Posted on 09/10/2012 3:52:42 PM PDT by grundle
Chicago teachers went on strike today for the first time in 25 years. 400,000 students and their families were affected.
Teachers in Chicago make an average $74,839 a year.
** The teachers want a 16% raise over 4 years costing the city $400 million.
(Who gets that kind of a raise these days?)
Tens of thousands of teachers and support staff in Chicago went on strike Monday after their union and school officials failed to reach a contract agreement.
The AP reported:
Chicago teachers went on strike Monday for the first time in 25 years after their union and district officials failed to reach a contract agreement despite intense weekend negotiations that the union said were productive but still failed to adequately address issues such as job security and teacher evaluations.
The two sides were not far apart on compensation, but were on other issues, including health benefits teachers want to keep what they have now and a new teacher evaluation system based partly on students standardized test scores, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said.
This is a difficult decision and one we hoped we could have avoided, she said. We must do things differently in this city if we are to provide our students with the education they so rightfully deserve.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel condemned the unions decision, and said the negotiations could be resolved if the two sides kept talking, given how close we are.
This is not a strike I wanted, Emanuel said. It was a strike of choice its unnecessary, its avoidable and its wrong.
More than 26,000 teachers and support staff were expected to hit the picket lines early Monday, while the school district and parents carried out plans for keeping nearly 400,000 students safe and occupied while classes remain empty in the coming days in the nations third largest school district.
The Illinois Policy Institute has 5 Things You Need to Know About Chicago Public Schools.
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These teachers need some Special Ed. What kind special? I’m think Patco special.
74,839/180 teaching days, then divided by 5 hours actually teaching in the classroom is 83 dollars an hour PLUS benefits.
How can anyone live on that little? No wonder they went on strike...
The teacher's union knows both Rahm and Barak are liars.
They want their money first, before they work for BHO's re-election.
It is all a SCAM!
No, it costs Joe Lunchpail 400 million, holes d'ass of the media.
Chicagoans who get up early in the morning to go to actual "work" need to know that.
Wow! Thanks for those awesome links!
MURDER RATES to go up...
That should be $74,839 (a) /nine months.
These teachers @#$%ing piss me off! They make almost three times more than I do! And I work summers.
The pukes ought be happy with what-the-frick they get!
I hate unions.
Their “going in” demand was a 19% raise the first year. The union leadership is delusional considering how in debt the school system is at current pay rates.
I would probably be correct in saying that almost no on in the whole freaking USA has any sympathy for any pukes from Chicago especially those in a teachers union. Gook you own goose, you union goons.
Chicago mess. Greedy unions. Kids suffer.
How will liberals spin this disaster of a story?
Their media shills will simply give the story no coverage. The story will fade faster than Todd Akin or Chick-a-fila.