(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.
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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