Chicago Teachers Union death wish for Chicago

An item from the Department of Asked and Answered:
These two headlines appeared together on the Chicago Tribune website:

The Chicago Teachers Union is hell-bent to send the city of Chicago down the tubes. Giving not a crap about anything but their

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis addresses members of the media during a press conference at the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399 hall on March 23, 2016. The CTU voted in favor of asking its members to walk off their jobs April 1 for a one-day demonstration over contract talks and public education funding. (Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis addresses members of the media during a press conference at the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399 hall on March 23, 2016. The CTU voted in favor of asking its members to walk off their jobs April 1 for a one-day demonstration over contract talks and public education funding. (Chicago Tribune)

own paychecks, they're ready to walk out on their students on April 1. For what purpose? To show that they're pissed?

How stupid are the leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union? Do they really think that this will win them more public support? Rally Chicagoans behind their iron-clad pension guarantees?

Their action now was revealed some cracks in the union, as evidenced by this post in ChicagoNow: "A Chicago Public Schools teacher tries to make sense of CTU strike vote. But can’t."

As this is going on, the Illinois Supreme Court once again confirmed the untouchable nature of the Illinois Constitution's "protection" of the insanely generous pension benefits. A provision, you need to be reminded, that was snuck into the Illinois Constitutional Convention final document without any public hearings or prior notice. We could have gotten rid of it in the once-every-20-year opportunity for a new constitutional convention, but the city and state power brokers successfully opposed the calling of that convention.

Sayonara, Chicago.

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    How many of the "smartest people in the room" who snuck in the pension provision, are now lecturing us about how mean we are about not wanting fund the disaster. It's rather cathartic to watch Rahm twist in the wind, but he won't stay around any longer than his superego dictates, before he bails and moves on to bigger things...think if Hillary (UGH) is elected he won't beg for a seat at the table in DC?

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