Watch Berkowitz & Martin discuss affordability to Chicago Taxpayers of CPS' proposed contract with CTU: Cable & Web

Tonight's special City of Chicago Tuesday airing  of Public Affairs features Illinois Channel's Executive Director Terry Martin and show host Jeff Berkowitz dissecting the proposed and now somewhat  modified CPS-CTU  contract and the current CTU strike, going into it's 5 th Day tomorrow.

The half hour program  airs tonight  at 9:02 pm on Cable Ch. 21 (CAN TV) throughout the City of Chicago.

You can also watch, 24/7, the program featuring Berkowitz and Martin by clicking here.

The Program was taped on Sunday, October, 20, 2019

The program also airs tonight in 24 Chicago Metro N & NW suburbs at 8:30 pm:

-on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 
in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette and

-on Comcast Cable Ch. 35 in
Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling

The program also starts airing tomorrow night for seven nights in a row (Thru and including next Tuesday) in Evanston at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 6

Among the topics raised in the Program and for your consideration here are:

-- Is a contract that add's $550 million to the annual cost of CPS (Non-Charter) teachers by it's 5th year affordable?

-- Is a contract that adds about $25 million to the annual cost of the CPS-CTU for new nurses and social workers affordable?

--Will new CPS professionals, in addition to new nurses and social workers,  be written into the new contract, and at what cost? Do these locked-in, new hires and new costs make it impossible for the Mayor and her CPS Supt. to adjust to a recession or economic downturn? Is that reasonable?

--Will affordable housing for teachers be written into the new CTU contract? Is that fair to the Mayor and the City's taxpayers?

-Will Mayor Lightfoot be forced by the new CTU contract to turn many of her powers and that of the City Council over to CTU President Jesse Sharkey?

--Will the CTU contract grow even further the already excessive CTU pension costs?

-- Will the average salary of a CPS teacher balloon to $100K per year under the new contract?

-- Are CPS teacher salaries already higher than those of all other comparable inner city schools, prior to the higher costs of the new CTU contract?

-- Is the new CTU contract that is still evolving affordable to the City's taxpayers?

For all the above questions, we discuss and you decide.

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