Greedy Chicago Teachers Union rejects generous offer

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

Chicago public school teachers shutting down Loop streets in their last strike. (Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune)

Chicago public school teachers shutting down Loop streets in their last strike. (Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune)

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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  • Great article, Dennis. In the name of responsible journalism, why not spell out everything that the teachers would and would not get? You fail to mention the significant pension reduction benefits or the increase in health care premiums. At least be honest in your 'reporting.'

  • In reply to erikg:

    Follow the "earlier post" link above to find more details.

  • It's called collective bargaining.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    As the former treasurer of the Chicago Newspaper Guild, I know how collective bargaining works. And CPS gave away too much at this point in the negotiations. More to the point, the teachers really expect pay raises, increased security, etc. etc. from a broke school district?

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    And that broke school district expects teachers to work without any pay raises, increased security, etc. etc. etc.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Exactly. And they should.

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