They would get raises. They'd get layoff protections. They'd snuff out parents' demand for more charter schools. They might get a property tax increase (again) to help meet their demands.
Yet, the Chicago Teachers Union rejected the better-than-it-should-have-been contract offer from the Chicago
School System. (See my earlier post for the details of whatever reporters could extract from the tight-mouth CTU and CPS.)
We don't know why, but the Chicago Teachers Union was willing to snake down a path that would lead to another strike by teachers who regard themselves as victims. Rather than the students that the Chicago Teachers Union is willing to victimize.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said that there was a lot in the CPS offer that was "great." But without elaborating, the public is left to guess: What the hell more could they want? And where the hell is CPS going to find the money? Has Lewis not heard the one about the radish and blood? Have the teachers lost their minds?
Again I'll hear from teachers about how hard they work, how their pensions aren't all that much, about how much they care about the children, about how stingy and mean everyone is who asks that the union display some common sense.
Are they hoping that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be able to pry another $480 million--$480 million in addition to the millions it already is getting--from the state of Illinois whose finances are equally screwed up?
As the Chicago Teachers Union did a couple of years ago, its members are using Chicago's children. Using them to gain more benefits to which they are not entitled from local and state governments that are, in all actually, busted themselves.
What will it take for Chicagoans to get fed up?
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