What The Chicago Teacher Strike Is About

I don’t have the words to convey the ire I feel toward public school teachers who would strike against taxpayers and students.  Let me reiterate that, against taxpayers and students.  I write those words because that is who the teachers are striking against, not “management.”  Government isn’t business.  There is no wealth creation or insufficient distribution of profit earned by all sections of the supply chain.  No.  There are services paid for by taxpayers.  Taxpayers who have agreed …

  1. Wade Moore

    It was mentioned in a Tribune editorial (I think) that the mayor could decertify the union.  I like that idea, but what would happen short term?

  2. ConservativeWanderer
    Wade Moore: It was mentioned in a Tribune editorial (I think) that the mayor could decertify the union.  I like that idea, but what would happen short term? · 8 minutes ago

    Reality check.

    The Mayor of Chicago is Rahm Emanuel.

    He’ll decertify any union when a flock of pigs with wings flies by my window.

  3. ConservativeWanderer

    For a little perspective, the company I work for has designated 7 hours 45 minutes as the standard work day.

    I don’t feel oppressed at all, but I guess that’s because I haven’t mustered the proper amount of outrage yet.

  4. Richard VanderHoek

    Reading the Tribune article, I was struck by this:

    “ The union’s salary demands were bolstered by an independent fact-finder’s report in July that chastised CPS for extending the school day in a time of financial turmoil and without adequately compensating teachers.”

    Question for all us in the private sector:  when you companies have laid off employees and required us to work more, did we get a raise?  I certainly haven’t.

    These teachers are in for the money and benefits, that’s all.  They don’t care about the students.  Their noses are out of shape because they have to work a little more?  

  5. iWc
    Natalie

    Where does Mr. Shanker think teachers get the money to pay their union dues?  How about from the parents of the students through taxes that go towards teacher salaries.  What a chimp.  · 6 hours ago

    Whenever the connection between buyer and seller goes through a few intermediaries, customer service drops through the floor. Witness Obamacare, the DMV, or the Post Office.

    And there are good reasons for it. The fact is, the customer is NOT the funding source in public schools. Public schools are funded by a tax on property values – wealthiest homeowners pay the most. It is a redistributionist tax.

    This is why vouchers and charter schools terrify the unions; customers direct the funding. Such barbaric capitalism is red in tooth and claw!

  6. Crabby Appleton 2.0

    If I may be permitted a perfectly snarky (but appropriately accurate) comment, if the students in the Chicago public schools are not being educated while the union teachers are on strike, how could we tell?

  7. Percival
    Randall: If I may be permitted a perfectly snarky (but appropriately accurate) comment, if the students in the Chicago public schools are not being educated while the union teachers are on strike, how could we tell? · 8 minutes ago

    Math and reading scores will rise.

  8. Brian Clendinen

    If Emanual was not a liberal squish and worth anything he would simple state teach or we sack you and ban you from ever working in our school system again. Its the only way to deal with self centered union bullies.

  9. Douglas

    The people of Chicago deserve this. They voted for the clowns that supported this union and allowed this to happen. Now they get to own it.

    It’s time we started putting responsibility for stuff like this on the people themselves.If you support leaders with bad policies, then you’re going to get nonsense like this. Let the people of Chicago stew.

  10. Vance Richards

    A greedy union vs Rahm Emanuel. Truly a fight with no good guy, but no matter what the outcome taxpayers and their children lose. And the union will continue to blindly support the same Democrats they are fighting against.

  11. Pseudodionysius

    Unionizing the Eschaton is what this election is about. Just imagine 22 million unionized public sector healthcare workers to complement the matching rubber gloves and crotch fondling TSA.

    As TS Eliot said:

    “In my end is the bill.”

  12. ConservativeWanderer

    To get back to the original topic…

    What this strike is about is spoiled lazy people demanding ever more pay and benefits for ever less work.

    Period.

  13. ChuckMenoFalls

    As I read this, sitting 105 miles to the North of Chicago, I have but one thought:   Thank you Governor Walker!

  14. Devereaux
    Natalie

    drlorentz: Albert Shanker, once president of the AFT, was quoted as saying

    When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.

    Whether or not he said it, this is the attitude. In some sense, it is reasonable: the unions work for the teachers, not the students. That’s their job. The disingenuous part is that they pretend otherwise. Whenever I hear union leaders say that they’redoing it for the children, it makes me ill. At least Shanker was honest.

    Edit: typo · 54 minutes ago

    Edited 0 minutes ago

    Where does Mr. Shanker think teachers get the money to pay their union dues?  How about from the parents of the students through taxes that go towards teacher salaries.  What a chimp.  · 7 hours ago

    Actually the Illinois democrats have been clever enough to move a lot of school funding to the lottery. It is, of course, “for the children”. But when there is money from the lottery, a like amount is then NOT funded from the general revenues.

  15. Valiuth

    Even if the Mayor could fire all the teachers that would just mean an end to schooling for this year. I mean the requirements to teach at a public school in IL are set up at the state level. There is no way to certify a whole new batch of teachers, plus I doubt he could abolish the Union at the state level anyway…so firing the CPS teachers would just make it a state fight…I doubt Mr. Emanuel has will for that. 

  16. Dean Murphy

    Thanks for the post.  I agree with you mostly, but I have teachers in my family, none in the Chicago area, but extrapolating from the specific to the general, most teachers work more that just the classroom hours.

    I would say that for every instructional day, most teachers work an additional 2 hours at home or when students are out of class,  so that’s another 10 hours per week.  so its more like 10 hour days, of which 7:40 is in classes with students or on campus dealing with students.

    So by my calculation its closer to 41.77 per hour.

    Also, to be fair, I am seldom required to purchase basic supplies for my job; whereas teachers are often expected to provide supplies for the classroom out of their own pockets.

    I agree that the Unions are bad for our country, and they distort what the actual relationship between taxpayer and teacher really is, but distortion on our side to make our position look better sours the argument and makes their point for them.

  17. DocJay

    I was driving to work and Rush said this is manufactured for Obama to save the day.  How the pennies from heaven come raining down in to the budget is another story.

  18. No Caesar

    Call me cynical, but in our current age that is the best way to look at the world.  I suspect this is a set up for an Obama October surprise (maybe September surprise).   They are doing this so that Obama can ride to the rescue,resolve it and look like a hero just in time for the election. 

  19. JimGoneWild

    First off, some teaches spend extra hours doing non-instructional work, but depending on the teach, course, school, grade, experience this number drop to zero. I work extra hours, too. I read and study at home about issues at work. Why do people have briefcases and attache cases–so they can take work home.

    Second, teachers here in Nevada are under the impression that a 401K is a pension. The union/lobbying outfit tells them that.

    Ask a teacher about funding sources for their pensions, never an understandable answer.

    Ask a teacher if they are salary or hourly, even more nonsense. I had one spend 20 minutes trying explain. I just gave up.

    Ask a teacher about SSN and how/why they get out of it: crickets.

    Ask a teacher why so many of their fellow teachers bash the private sector–the source of the tax revenue–and you get incomprehensible gibberish, but usually it boils down to ‘they work so hard.’

    Last, if $76K is the average salary, what is the low and high salaries? What is the union minimum? Are some school teachers making over $100K a year?

  20. Mel Foil

    Fortunately, some of that money will end up in the private schools where the public school teachers send their children.

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