Nearly 30,000 public school teachers and support staff represented by the Chicago Teachers Union have vowed to walk off the job starting at 12:01 a.m. (0401 GMT) on Monday if an impasse in contract talks is not broken. It would be the first teachers’ strike in Chicago in 25 years.
So 30,000 teachers are ready to strike, for money and not for “caring about the students” as so many union defenders try to spin when they defend union practices. But how are teachers doing relative to the average worker in the US. Well…
The National average wage in the US is $42,000 and… The average teacher salary in the US is between $41,000-$44,000 but… A Chicago Public Schools spokesperson said average pay for teachers, without benefits, is $76,000.
So, currently these teachers are making lots more money than the average US worker… more than the average teacher. But that’s not enough. No, they want more.
The union has said it wants more than the 8 percent pay raise over four years that Chicago offered. The school district says it cannot afford concessions as it is running a large budget deficit and major credit rating agencies have downgraded its debt rating.
So, the city of Chicago’s bond rating is in serious jeopardy due to rising costs and the teachers don’t really care, they want a raise. A raise in this terrible economy where 12,500,000 Americans can’t find any jobs, never mind making $75,000.
So who’s the bad guy who’s trying to fight these teachers… Big Bad Democrat Rahm Emanuel. See, party doesn’t matter when workers are demanding too much money so your budget can’t afford it.
Emanuel, a tough negotiator called a bully by the teachers’ union, wants to close schools, expand non-union charter schools, and let corporations and philanthropies run some schools. He also wants principals to be able to hire whom they want, and wants to use standardized test results to evaluate teachers.
So do you think the teachers should get a raise? Is this another case of unions just trying to create the best environment for the Chicago students? Or is this just unions doing their typical bullying of tax payers, even though they’re already doing quite well. I hope Rahm holds his ground and I hope Chicago residents remember how these teachers are holding a gun to their heads and screwing them. They are going to screw the very kids they claim to care so much about.