How to play hardball with the Chicago teachers' hardball strike

(1) Go to court to get an injunction against the Chicago Teachers Union's illegal strike.

(2) Fire teachers who are illegally living outside of Chicago.

We read that this strike against Chicago's public school children is about power. Very well, then play hardball against the Chicago Teachers Union that has decided to play hardball.

This strike is illegal on its face. Illinois law forbids teachers strike over anything that doesn't involve pay and benefits.

Oh, joy! We're so proud to be walking out on our kids! (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

Oh, joy! We're so proud to be walking out on our kids! (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

This strike is clearly about more than pay and benefits. To use the union's own language, it also is about "equity" and "social justice" and so forth.

So, strikes for class size, school nurses, affordable housing and everything else on the CTU's extraneous agenda are forbidden. All that Mayor Lori Lightfoot has to do to end this illegal strike is find a fair-minded Cook County judge who will do his job. But since judges are elected in Cook County is there one that would be willing to go against organized labor?

There's one other thing that Lightfoot could do. Teachers are required like other city employees to live in Chicago. It's common knowledge that many don't.

So, start hunting down those teachers and give them notice: You're fired! I'm guessing that CTU's extremist leaders could find themselves facing a grassroots revolt among its membership. It'll get personal and expensive for those who flout the law. As it should.

Of course, either (1) or (2) would be destructive long term. But not as destructive as a self-center union that is betraying the students and their parents to win demands costing an unaffordable $2.5 billon.

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    The teachers' union says it wants smaller class sizes and nurses, social workers, librarians and other help hired in all schools. That costs money which the City doesn't have. Lightfoot should call their posturing and say she will gladly agree to do all that in exchange for the 15% salary increases that was offered, and maybe requiring them to pay more into their retirement fund, which would then make it possible to do what the teachers say has prompted their strike. Guess how the teachers' priorities will change will change.

  • isn't it funny how they cannot afford to keep schools open, pay teachers, or hire support staff but definitely have $33 million to fill schools with cops.

    https://chalkbeat.org/posts/chicago/2019/08/27/33-million-proposal-from-the-chicago-district-puts-new-school-police-rules-in-place/?fbclid=IwAR0hsvJeeRIPDQBpy91aA1bfr1KheT26Flbygp7gFYMlZJROQGEbS9o4HN8

  • Tell these bums to get their a**es back to work.

  • Theres only one solution, declare the CTU members of ISIS and have the US government kill them.

  • The teachers' union says it wants smaller class sizes and nurses, social workers, librarians and other help hired in all schools. showbox

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