CTU prez Sharkey will "manage" Mayor Lightfoot

Chicago (he thinks he's) Mayor Jesse Sharkey (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago (he thinks he’s) Mayor Jesse Sharkey (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune)

Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that the Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey figures that the union should or can “manage” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

But that’s how Sharkey thinks  the union can handle the mayor, as if she were his employe, underling or subordinate. The balls on that guy.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Sharkey made this nervy claim in an email to CTU members referring to its team “negotiating” the reopening of Chicago public schools.

They [the team]…have to manage the mayor, which we understand is a concern based on last night’s spectacle.” [My emphasis.]

The prior night’s “spectacle” refers to the mayor’s Sunday night press conference during which she tried her darnedest to get the teachers back to their jobs in the classroom. Also to get the teachers finally acknowledge that the science has concluded that in-class instruction was safe for students, teachers and staff. Safer even than staying home.

Either it’s a poor word choice or Sharkey really believes that the teachers union manages the mayor, expecting her to accede to their ever-enlarging demands for benefits that have nothing to do with the safety of in-classroom teaching.

If this doesn’t piss off Lightfoot, I can’t imagine what can. It certainly should anger Chicago voters who elected her in a landslide, students who are being kept our of public schools, taxpayers who pay every increasing loads of cash to support the teachers of their incredibly generous pension and everyone else who properly thinks that schools are here first to educate children and not to feed teachers prime rib.

Here’s some wild speculation my part. Remember how CTU supported and helped pay for Lightfoof’s  opponent, Toni Preckwinkle, in the mayoral election? Preckwinkle, who started her career as a lakefront liberal independent, is now Cook County Board president and head of the county Democratic Party. In running for mayor, she might have imagined herself as another Richard J. Daley, who last held both the city and party offices, making him one of the most powerful politician Chicago has ever had to live with. I can’t even begin to imagine what Chicago and Cook County would now look like under the thumb of a Preckwinkle machine.

Perhaps Preckwinkle is looking forward to the next mayoral election and the CTU is helping clear the path for her to capture the mayor”s office. I’m sure the CTU still is embarrassed for violating a Chicago Way rule: Don’t back no losers. Imagine if Preckwinkle had won the mayoral election, what she would have given away to the teachers–a permanent get-out-of-classroom card in perpetuity?

Isn’t to time for voters and their elected officials to manage the union? If Sharkey wants to be mayor, shouldn’t he have to run for it?

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  • Seems like every time Lightfoot draws a line in the sand, CTU walks right over it. Now, they call it a "cooling off" period after the Monday line in the sand-gone. What have they been doing since Labor Day that they need to cool off? By the way, does Lightfoot's daughter go to public or private school? Most politician's kids, like Daley, Obama, Rahm, go to private schools, unless it's Northside Prep,(Rauner's) which is like a private school, anyway.

  • Hey guys, you have both moved out of Illinois. Isn't there something for you to do in your new home states? In particular, Dennis, doesn't Jacksonville have any problems you can help solve?

  • In reply to jnorto:

    They've moved, but their original home is where they hang their hate.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Point taken.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Aw, c'mon man. I still love Chicago, my hometown. Thankfully, Jacksonville doesn't have the kind of problems that Chicago has. Come on down.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Dennis, I hope you saw the WTTW special, "Lincoln is Crying". It's on the WTTW website under "L", programs A-Z. You've been around, goes back through Big Bill Thompson, Ed Kelly, Vito Marzullo, and over 2000 convicted since 1976. As Sneed said, politics is entertainment in IL, even if you move away.

  • In reply to Get out of IL now!:

    Haven't seen it. Will check it out. Thanks.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Best joke in there was, if a politician gives you his cell number, it doesn't always mean his phone.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Is it just me, or do I detect that the word "hate" is being used more and more these days to label people whose opinions differ from those who in intellectual terms think they walk on water?

  • In reply to jnorto:

    I've sold my business but my house here doesn't close until September, though I'm set down there. If any of you saw the WTTW 2 hour special about Lincoln crying over the corruption in IL., I believe it was Michael Sneed of the SunTimes who said in most states people follow entertainment, but in IL, politics and corruption are our entertainment. Everyone I know that has moved out of IL still avidly follows the goings on here. They e-mail me stories from their digital subscriptions about indictments, car jackings, expressway shootings, corruption, property taxes, and convictions. It's pretty dull in a lot of other states, but they don't feel at all sorry for the people who choose to stay here.

  • In reply to Get out of IL now!:

    You may be surprised to learn that some of us still love Chicago and Illinois, with all their problems--even on snow-covered days like today. We can afford to leave, but we choose to stay. You have voted with your feet. When will you accept the results of your election?

  • In reply to jnorto:

    I'm not all surprised. As the saying goes: some people are gluttons for punishment. Still, we have left the fate of Chicago in your hands. If you love it as much as you claim, you'll clear the fog from your vision and elect people who will actually solve Chicago's and Illinois' problems.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Meanwhile, bye-bye.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Hard to accept the results of the election when IL has kept reelecting the same people for 30+ years who have IL as the third most corrupt state, a state whose bond rating is junk, with over $142 billion in pension debt.

  • In reply to Get out of IL now!:

    There's lots of other countries in the world where you might be happy. Here in the US, we are a constitutional democracy, where we have to accept the results of elections; even if, get this, even if we don't like the results.

  • In reply to dave77:

    I don’t like the IL election results and that’s why I, and thousands more, vote with our feet.

  • Are you accusing Sharkey of machine politics?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Running at high speed.

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