As the parent of two Chicago Public School students, I don't want the teachers to go on strike. I would like for both sides to negotiate the new teacher's contract in a reasonable manner. Both sides need to understand that they work for children. With that being said, how in the hell can the teacher's union fix their mouths to say that they want a 29% raise? According to Crain's the teacher's union wants this raise to make up for inflation and the longer school day and year.
Have they been living in another country since 2008? First of all, I don't know any organization that gives its employees guaranteed pay increases no matter how good or bad their performance is. Since 2008 many public and private agency employees have seen their pay frozen or reduced. There are people working longer days and longer years because they are now required to work on some holidays. This economy sucks. I realize that the teachers have a contract, but I was happy when they did not receive their 4% pay increase. Everyone is making sacrifices by taking pay cuts and furlough days to help struggling businesses to keep people employed. I know people who have not had a pay increase in years, despite getting excellent performance reviews.
Karen Lewis has stated that the teachers don't expect to get a 29% pay increase. Why the fu*k is she wasting time by asking for the impossible? They should make a more reasonable request for pay increases. The teachers should ask for the 4% that was in their last contract that they didn't receive and maybe 1% more for it being taken away. They should be paid their current hourly rate for the additional time that is being added to extend the day for next year. I don't think that teachers should get guaranteed pay increases. Their pay increases should be based on performance just like the rest of the world. The step increases just for working another year are ridiculous as well. Teachers should not get pay increases just for showing up to work.
The teachers have had such a sweet deal for so many years that they don't know how to live in reality anymore. They think that they are entitled to a guaranteed pay increase for every year of their contract. What company gives its employees a guaranteed pay increase without any regard to performance? When you find it let me know so that I can get a job there.
Salary is a major issue with the contract negotiations. I hope that the two sides can come to the table with reasonable requests so that our children's education is not interrupted. I realize that teachers have a tough job but they need realize that their previous contract awarded them things that the rest of the world could only dream of. Its time for a reality check.
I realize that this is a complex issue but the idea of the teachers asking for a 29% raise is so ridiculous. I feel sorry for the great teachers because its their low performing peers that make people like me not have sympathy for them.