CPS just sent out a letter from Brizard to CTU that reads in part "I am disheartened to learn that your members are going out of theirway to protest and picket our Children First sites... the protest targeting our contingency sites are only making the situation more difficult... We owe it to Chicago’s children to spare them from the experience of getting caught in the middle of a dispute among adults -- something they should not have to endure."
This makes me wonder whether (a) it's gotten ugly at some of the contingency site schools (if so, do tell what you've seen or heard), or (b) Brizard is trying to play on the public's sympathies (again) and make the union look like the bad guys (again), or (c) a little bit of both.
For myself, I can totally understand the desire for CTU to picket at the sites where the kids and cameras are -- it's so much more fun than picketing empty schools, and where else are they going to go picket, anyway? Plus which you can make admins and CPD and everyone else feel bad for working the contingency sites.
But, like the downtown protest that turned into a traffic jam, it seems like a bit of overkill. We get it, you're good at wearing red shirts and showing up places, and you've shut down the school system. We hear your roar. Now... something else?
Or -- this is something I've suggested several times on Twitter and no one seems to think is interesting or amusing -- perhaps disgruntled parents could start picketing the empty school buildings, or the Merchandise Mart, or showing up at CTU events and making noise in the background?
The strike is polling at basically 50-50, so there's no shortage of parents who disagree with the strike out there. Then again, they have jobs and childcare responsibilities and are generally less advantaged than the teachers who are holding their children hostage for... respect and air conditioning (wages they already won, remember).