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    Payback time: Occupy, Anarchist groups return favors to Chicago Teachers Union

    Payback time: Occupy, Anarchist groups return favors to Chicago Teachers Union

    I’ve been documenting the presence of the Chicago Teachers Union at non-education-related, radical protests over the past year. From Occupy to Anarchist, gay pride, and anti-NATO protests, the union deploys its members not on the basis of “for the children” but rather for political solidarity.

    On the first day of the strike as teachers refuse to accept merit pay and a 16 percent raise over four years, those groups that the Chicago Teachers Union supported are repaying the favors.

    Today, an Anarchist march in Chicago rallied the Four Star Anarchist Group members in support of the teachers:

    Occupy Chicago, which already conducted a march on labor day in conjunction with the Chicago Teachers Union, is bringing its members to this afternoon’s Chicago Teachers Union rally:

    Flashback to this past June, at the Chicago Gay Pride parade, the Chicago Teachers Union’s float featured the President and Vice President of the Union partying while members in red shirts marched in the parade:

    In the meantime, some groups are calling on President Obama to join the picket line, citing his statement in 2007:

    “And understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll walk on that picket line with you as President of the (USA). Because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner.”

    The CTU isn’t afraid to call in the favors of their radical leftist allies. They’ve even put together a “solidarity fund” on their website where they are accepting contributions:

    We are asking you to support our struggle for educational justice. You and your organization can show your support by making contribution to our Solidarity Fund. All donations will be used to conduct broad outreach throughout Chicago and nation-wide.

    It is hard to get the public to buy their message that it’s “for the children” when the highly paid teachers reveal that the fight is one for anything but the children. Joy Pullman at the Heartland Institute says:

    This strike hurts those who can least afford it so that teachers who earn more than comparable workers can continue padding their benefits at the expense of kids and taxpayers in a beyond-broke school district. What a shame.

    Occupy, Anarchists, and the Chicago Teachers Union, all in solidarity, are using children to further their radical leftist agenda.


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    GrumpyOne | September 10, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Not mentioned anywhere is the fact that over 70% of the Chicago school budget is spent on pension obligations.

    No real knowledge of math required…

      n.n in reply to GrumpyOne. | September 10, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      Think of the children? It seems their primary concern is compensating for the inflationary policies of our government and especially the federal government. It’s worth noting that they do not protest causal issues.

    punditius | September 10, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Whatever sympathy I might have for the teachers disappears when I see them in bed with the lunatic left. They reject 16% and merit pay? Okay, the city’s next offer should be 8% and merit pay. Followed by a pay cut and merit pay. Followed by hiring some brand new teachers.

    I live in Chicago. My kids are long out of school. I don’t expect Rahm Emanuel to destroy the union. But I wish he would.

    While COWS (Cooperative Occupy Wall Street) exercises extrajudicial judgment of private interests and indemnifies authoritarian interests, the public unions hold the government, and the citizens it serves, hostage. They are complementary movements which serve their own purposes, which are not the rule of law nor American citizens.

    Henry Hawkins | September 11, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Because of what’s happened in New Jersey, Wisconsin, and other states, you can bet that every teacher’s union contract will be heavily contested from here on out. For unions this is an existential issue – and for the Democrat Party as well.

    […] The ‘Occupy’ assclowns have reared their ugly heads in support of the CTU. […]

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