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    Chicago Teachers Strike 2012



    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers went on strike Monday for the first time in 25 years after their union and district officials failed to reach a contract agreement despite intense weekend negotiations that the union said were productive but still failed to adequately address issues such as job security and teacher evaluations.

    The two sides were not far apart on compensation, but were on other issues, including health benefits — teachers want to keep what they have now — and a new teacher evaluation system based partly on students' standardized test scores, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel condemned the union's decision,

    More than 26,000 teachers and support staff were expected to hit the picket lines early Monday, while the school district and parents carried out plans for keeping nearly 400,000 students safe and occupied while classes remain empty in the coming days in the nation's third largest school district.

    When he took office last year, Emanuel inherited a school district facing a $700 million budget shortfall. Not long after, his administration rescinded 4 percent raises for teachers. He then asked the union to reopen its contract and accept 2 percent pay raises in exchange for lengthening the school day for students by 90 minutes. The union refused.

    Emanuel, who promised a longer school day during his campaign, then attempted to go around the union by asking teachers at individual schools to waive the contract and add 90 minutes to the day. He halted the effort after being challenged by the union before the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board.

    Chicago teachers to strike after talks fail - Yahoo! News
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    Indeed, they really care about the Kids and the City. This is why Chicago Public Teachers get no respect from the rest of the Teachers in Illinois. One they make it tougher to deal with the IEA and their Union. All my life I have lived here and truthfully. CPS should not be tied to City Politics. Most of these teachers in the City. Not all of them. But most. Are about nothing but a free Ride.

    Is this fair to the kids? Fair to Parents? Fair to the City?

    700 million shortfall.....JUST FOR CPS alone! Tell me they can say they didnt know? Expect the youth violence and gang violence to increase even more now! Thoughts?

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    agreed..
    i saw a breif interview on CNN yesterday and the person they were interviewing couldnt even come up with a specific reason.. she spouted some generalized talking point and provided nothing otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyteRash View Post
    agreed..
    i saw a breif interview on CNN yesterday and the person they were interviewing couldnt even come up with a specific reason.. she spouted some generalized talking point and provided nothing otherwise.
    They didnt accept a 16% increase and spouted off about HC Benefits and the Evaluation Process where they say 30% of their teachers would be affected and laid off. She also stated something about their Rights. She meaning Lewis.

    Good thing the Charter schools are not affected. As they are showing up for work as they are not Union. These teachers have always had it made. Their Union will make it more difficult for any other teachers unions to get shiznit done. Especially the Rest of Illinois Teachers.

    They know all the violence willspike up with the Youth. That the gang pressures will be more with their affects upon certain communities.

    What gets me is they will find a way to keep the schools sporting programs going so their schools can still pick up that money.

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    Re: Chicago Teachers Strike 2012

    I like where the sign in the picture says "On Strike for Better Schools". More like "On Strike for Less Accountability".
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    Know all those people in their 20s with degrees that cant find work? Pick one school and replace all the teachers with new hires. Bet they come back to the table in a hurry.

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    Re: Chicago Teachers Strike 2012

    The Chicaco Tribune reported:

    After an all-day negotiating session Sunday, school board President David Vitale told reporters the district had changed its proposal 20 times over the course of talks and didn't have much more to offer.

    “This is about as much as we can do,” Vitale said. “There is only so much money in the system.”

    Teachers union on strike in Chicago - chicagotribune.com
    "There's only so much money," seems to be the theme of the day the world over.

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    Isn't it nice to know, you're forced to pay for these things, but they aren't forced to deliver on it.
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    Emanuel has come straight out and told this Union.....this Strike was a Strike of Choice. He is Right.....I am tired of them spouting off they are doing this for the Kids. This isn't about the Kids. This about their own damn greedy selves. How many lil kids will get shot with this up coming weekend? How many will get beat up, intimidated, and gangstered?


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    Re: Chicago Teachers Strike 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by jambalaya View Post
    I like where the sign in the picture says "On Strike for Better Schools". More like "On Strike for Less Accountability".
    It amuses me when teachers on strike try to falsely claim its for the kids when really its all about more money and less accountability for the teachers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Isn't it nice to know, you're forced to pay for these things, but they aren't forced to deliver on it.
    Yes, it actually makes me feel great.

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