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    Mayor threatens to sue as Chicago teachers strike continues

    Mayor threatens to sue as Chicago teachers strike continues

    The Chicago Teachers Union strike continues Monday after a failure to resolve the strike, now into its second week with 350,000 children affected by the standoff. There had been some optimism that the union officials, who met Sunday afternoon, would vote in favor of the agreement negotiated on their behalf by CTU president Karen Lewis, but that vote failed to occur.

    The Teachers Union has been holding the city hostage with massive demonstrations all last week and into the weekend that snarled traffic and added to the difficulties Chicago residents face as part of the strike.

    In response, Mayor Rahm Emanuel threatened to sue the CTU, according to the Chicago Tribune:

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel late Sunday called the walkout “illegal” and pledged to seek an injunction in court to force an end to the city’s first teachers strike in a quarter century.

    Delegates had met with Lewis for nearly three hours to review the tentative contract that had been brokered after months of negotiation, but ultimately extended the strike instead.

    “They’re not happy with the agreement. They’d like it to be a lot better for us than it is,” Lewis said. “This is the deal we got. This is not a good deal by any stretch of the imagination, not (compared) to what our members are (used) to having.”

    Lewis said teachers were most fearful of what she called the “elephant in the room,” which is that if the CTU continues with its demands, the city will be forced, financially, to close many of the underperforming schools and put more teachers out of jobs.

    At the protest Sunday, many of the various radical groups were lobbying teachers to continue the strike as they sought to broaden the platform of the teachers’ strike as part of their own agendas. At this point, it looks like these groups were successful.


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    Guess what kind of SAT score it takes to complete a BA degree in Education?

    MicahStone | September 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    The unbounded GREED of chicago (and ALL other) socialist indoctrinators (what used to be jokingly called “teachers”):
    – Turn Down $400 Million Deal, 16% Pay Raise…
    – Have Highest Average Salary In Nation…
    – Average $76,000 per year (highest salary in the US in ANY major city) before benefits…
    – Before any further salary raise, they’re paid $8450 / month of their limited work-year, while the average American worker gets $3915 / month.
    – Work the shortest time per year of teachers in any major US city…
    – Get humongous, gold-plated benefits far in excess of anything offered in the private sector…
    – 79% of Chicago 8th Graders “Not Proficient in Reading”…

    Of course Godfather Rahmbo, like the OBOZOs and nearly 40% of chicago public school “teachers”, sends his kids to an exclusive, $25,000 per year per student, non-public school so they can actually get an education, instead of just the socialist indoctrination and bs spewed out in public schools.

    Remember, “it’s for the children”

    Mark Michael | September 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    What’s not discussed in the news stories is that the Chicago School District is facing a large budget deficit going into future years. In the past, they counted on the state to give them more money, but that gravy train has stopped IMO. IL Gov. Quinn & the state legislature in Springfield, although D’s, are running substantial deficits and cannot pony up more money. They already tried raising taxes last year, and they still have a deficit. That means the School District will face substantial layoffs and school closings.

    The higher they manage to negotiate their compensation, the more teachers will be laid off. They do it by seniority: the last hired are the first fired. So that creates some strife within the ranks of the teachers. Also, the IL voters surely will get tired of the whole mess at some point, just as they did in Wisconsin. Only question is, “When does it all unravel?”

    By striking, the union is expressing the “Chicago values” that Rahm said that Chick-fil-A doesn’t have. The union is out for itself and damn the children.

    stevewhitemd | September 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Everyone here so far, including Ms. Sorock, is missing something big.

    Why is Rahm asking the courts to end the strike?

    Think about that. Rahm wants the local court system to rule that the strike is illegal and must end, or that the teachers must return to work while their delegates consider the contract offer.


    Why doesn’t Rahm bludgeon them? Go to the press and tee off on them? Demand forcefully that the strike end? Inform the press and public that he stands with the school board? Why doesn’t Rahm find a way to order the union back to work himself?

    Why pass the buck to the courts?

    The question answers itself. Rahm doesn’t want his fingerprints on this if he can possibly help it. He wants someone else to end the strike so that a potential problem for himself and his former boss can be swept under the rug before election day.

    Imagine if the strike continues. Suppose Ms. Lewis and the union (let’s say) decide to hold out another month for more, more, more. Guess how that’s going to play as we get close to Election Day.

    But the Democrats can’t break the strike themselves since they are the (captured) party of unions, particularly public employee unions. If Rahm breaks the strike he’ll be toast for each and every election in the future. It would imperil Champ: either he backs Rahm or he backs the union. Notice how quiet Champ has been on this one?

    So let’s get a judge to do it. Let’s blame the courts.

    That’s what no one is talking about so far.

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