Teacher Walkouts in Chicago, Conspicuous Details

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that 25,000 public-school teachers are picketing, rather than teaching, today.  The details are a bit distant from Rhode Island for a finely tuned analysis, but it’s fair to say that the union is not fighting a political class on the verge of right-to-work legislation.  A significant political emphasis on “labor peace” can just mean that the goalposts move.
In this case, Chicago school district administrators are saying that they offered 16% raises over four years. The union is complaining about health benefits, teacher evaluations, and job security.
Taking a long-term view, though, the key sentence in the entire story, by reporters Noreen Ahmed-Ullah, Joel Hood, and Kristen Mack, may very well prove to be the one that I’ve emphasized in the following paragraph:
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Andrew
Andrew(@carroll-andrew-morse)
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9 years ago

Great next-to-last paragraph.

Bob
Bob
9 years ago

C’mon Rahm. Channel your inner Reagan and fire them all.

Dan
Dan
9 years ago

Is the leadership of these unions so mad with money and power that they think parents will view this favorably? This is a public relations disaster with these communities, who now have to reorganize their home and professional lives because the teachers want more money.

Sammy in Arizona
Sammy in Arizona
9 years ago

President Obama on Central Falls teacher firings
“If a school continues to fail year after year after year and doesn’t show sign of improvements then there has got to be a sense of accountability And that’s what happened in Rhode Island last week at a chronically troubled school” Barack Obama
President Obama has often challenged union orthodoxy in his education agenda, promoting the expansion of public charter schools, which frequently are not unionized .. and teacher pay for performance

Warrington Faust
Warrington Faust
9 years ago

It is interesting to note that the average salary is $91,000 (including benefits). There is one teacher for every 16 kids, I am not sure that is reflected in class size.
After nationalizing the British car industry as BMC, Margaret Thatcher learned that governments cannot win a fight with unions.

Monique
Monique(@monique-chartier)
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9 years ago

“Chicago school district administrators are saying that they offered 16% raises over four years.”
Welcome to the public sector.
“The union is complaining about health benefits, teacher evaluations, and job security.”
Welcome to the private sector.

Monique
Monique(@monique-chartier)
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9 years ago

I just saw a video still of the Chicago strike; it was captioned:
“Chicago Teacher: We’re Fighting for Students”
Yeahright.

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