Watch Berkowitz & Martin dissect affordability of new CTU contract, as CTU strike causes 9th lost education day, Web & Cable

This evening’s City of Chicago edition  of Public Affairs features Illinois Channel’s Executive Director Terry Martin and Public Affairs show host Jeff Berkowitz dissecting proposed and day by day even more expensive CPS-CTU  contract and the current CTU strike, going tomorrow into it’s 9th MISSED SCHOOL DAY.

The half hour program  airs THIS EVENING at 8:30 am and midnight 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,ALREADY SEEN ONLINE BY 6,000 VIEWERS, also airs this week: 

–in Highland Park, Monday & Wednesday, 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 19

–in Aurora on Monday, Wednesday & Saturday, 6 pm on Aurora Community Television on Cable Ch. 10, aka ACTV-10.  

in Evanston, starting last Friday night, for six nights in a row (Thru and including this Wednesday) at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 6

in Rockford and surrounding areas, this Thursday, at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 17

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

— Is a CTU contract that add’s $550 million to the annual cost of CPS (Non-Charter) teachers by it’s 5th year (2024-25) affordable?

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

–Are other CPS professionals, in addition to new nurses and social workers, being written this week 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?

–How much will the CTU contract grow the already excessive CTU pension costs (70K per year and doubling in 25 years for a recently retired 30 year teacher)?

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

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

Are CPS teacher teacher pensions for a 30 year retiring teacher already at 70 K per year, and will they double over the next 25 years to 140K per year?

–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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