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    90 Percent of Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike

    90 Percent of Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike


    By TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press
    CHICAGO June 11, 2012 (AP)

    Teachers in the nation's third-largest school district voted overwhelmingly to authorize the first strike in 25 years if their union and the city cannot reach a deal on a contract this summer — signaling just how badly the relationship between teachers and Chicago school officials has deteriorated, union officials said Monday.


    Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis announced the result of last week's balloting — nearly 90 percent of its 26,502 members voted to authorize a strike —and called it "an indictment of the state of the relationship between the management of CPS and its largest labor force members." State law requires 75 percent approval.


    Teachers are upset that Mayor Rahm Emanuel canceled last year's raise and that they're being asked to work longer days without what they consider to be an adequate pay increase. Lewis said other key issues include class size and resources.


    A strike wouldn't be called until the beginning of the next school year, but union leaders could do so without another vote. They say holding the vote now instead of later gives the union added leverage at the bargaining table. It also allowed 1,500 retiring teachers to vote.




    "Our members ... were loud, serious and clear," Lewis said. "We want a contract that gives Chicago students the school they deserve. So we call on CPSs to take this process seriously and negotiate with us in good faith with an eye on the real prize, our children."

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    Re: 90 Percent of Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike

    Fire them all and hire new ones.
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    Re: 90 Percent of Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike

    From the link:

    "Our members ... were loud, serious and clear," Lewis said. "We want a contract that gives Chicago students the school they deserve. So we call on CPSs to take this process seriously and negotiate with us in good faith with an eye on the real prize, our children."
    My question would be, why in the hell haven't they been giving Chicago students the schools they deserve up to now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post
    Fire them all and hire new ones.
    +1

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    Re: 90 Percent of Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike

    Giving students the schooling they deserve isn't about withholding automatic raises and refusing a pay increase for asking the teachers to work slightly longer days. It's about making sure the teachers who are hired WANT to teach, that the methods of teaching are sound, that the coursework is adequate, that the supplies are adequate, and that the school environment fosters development.

    As with all districts, a big part of the problem is administrative bloat and heavy-handed, misguided leadership. But the lowest starting salary for a teacher in Chicago was $3980 a month as of 2006. That's $47760 a year....in 2006. From what I can ascertain, the average yearly increase is 4-7%. From the analysis I found for the 2010-2011 school year, the Chicago area has one of the highest (if not THE highest) starting salary of any district in the state. Starting salaries are almost double the state average.

    Not so sure I feel like these teachers are being hung out to dry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post
    Fire them all and hire new ones.
    Yes because that's realistic!
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    Re: 90 Percent of Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    From the link:

    My question would be, why in the hell haven't they been giving Chicago students the schools they deserve up to now?
    Arne Duncan was too busy thinking of hoops with Barry.

    Illinois Ranking 35th in Education nationwide and Mr. Duncan's Chicago school system ranks as having all 10 worst High Schools (out of 604), 3 of the 10 worst Middle schools (out of 725) and 7 of the 10 worst Elementary Schools (out of 2265) in the entire state of Illinois.

    Bottom 10 Worst Illinois State Elementary Schools - IL School Rankings
    The above is the result of 6 years of Duncan "progress", LOLOLOL! I think Obama vetted him about as well Tim Gaither, Tom Daschle, Eric Holder and Nancy Killefer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Yes because that's realistic!
    Actually, that is realistic.

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    Re: 90 Percent of Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike

    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Actually, that is realistic.
    Filling an entire school districts worth of teaching positions within two months(and not caring about finding good teachers which you would have to do) is in no way realistic.
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    Re: 90 Percent of Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike

    Wow, the conservatives really jumped on this thread without any knowledge of the specific situation outside of the pittance that was described in the OP article.

    Who ever would have guessed that would happen?
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