The Chicago, Illinois teachers union has not gone on strike for a quarter-century, so naturally, they are going to milk this picketing session for all it’s worth. The Blaze/AP reports on the latest ‘negotiations’ between the union and Mayor Rahm Emanuel:
Union delegates declined to formally vote on a proposed contract settlement worked out over the weekend with officials from the nation’s third largest school district. Schools will remain closed Monday.
Union president Karen Lewis said teachers want the opportunity to continue to discuss the offer that is on the table.
“Our members are not happy,” Lewis said. “They want to know if there is anything more they can get.”
‘Anything more’ is right! The Chicago teachers union has had a history of being ruthless when it comes to their paychecks. Because of this, they have some of the highest average salaries in the country:
With an average salary of $76,000, Chicago teachers are among the highest-paid in the nation. After weeks of talks, the district proposed a 16 percent raise over four years, including bumps for experience and education – and far beyond what most American employers have offered in the aftermath of the Great Recession.
Of course, in any war, there is bound to be collateral damage. In this case, it’s the masses of children who await education, only to find that their loving instructors have kicked them to the curb for a larger piece of taxpayer pie:
The walkout, the first in Chicago in 25 years, had instantly canceled classes for 350,000 students who just returned from summer vacation and forced tens of thousands of parents to find alternatives for idle children, including many whose neighborhoods have been wracked by gang violence in recent months.
This great triumph for the starving and downtrodden ($76,000 average salaried) masses of Chicagoan teachers would make Karl Marx proud …perhaps that’s why these folks are compelled to wear the color red. I digress.