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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