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Strike for the Children? Chicago Style Politics Leads to Prolonged Teachers’ Strike

Posted By AIM Newswire On September 18, 2012 @ 9:30 am In AIM Newswire | No Comments

CHICAGO — So much for the argument of teachers striking for the future of Chicago’s children. As the teachers’ strike reaches its second week, teachers’ union delegates rejected the proposal put forth by the city of Chicago and the union negotiators.

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This initial proposal’s failure to get past union delegates stunning Chicago parents, the union negotiators and the city of Chicago led by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel is now turning to the courts to try to end the teachers’ strike while Chicago parents now scramble to find day-care options for their children. He contends that the strike is endangering students and that the teachers’ unions does not have legal grounds to strike according to state law.

The strike is so debilitating and a black eye for the teachers’ union that even the Associated Press (AP) has noted this is the first union strike in 25 years and affects up to 350,000 students out of the classroom. In a crime-ridden city with a struggling economy, the teachers’ strike is not helping the students that the unions profess to care about.

Working mother Dequita Wade sent her child to a relative’s home 15 miles away for a week, hoping that the strike would end soon. Her sentiment is echoed by other parents interviewed during the strike, saying “You (the teachers’ union) had a whole week. This is beginning to be ridiculous. Are they going to keep prolonging things?”

To make matters worse, the union did not meet on Monday, but on Tuesday after Rosh Hashana, the Jewish holiday, putting another potential day of negotiation to waste. The two primary problems with the latest proposal is the role of teacher evaluations and job security, even though Chicago teachers are paid the highest national salary of $76,000 (and some experts say that this number excludes benefits).

Maybe this is good for the slumping Chicago economy after all, especially with more babysitters and day-care providers being hired by parents during the school strike.


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