News about the Chicago Public School Union strikes have been blowing up my Facebook News Feed all week. Curious to learn more about the issue I found this blog that discusses exactly what is occurring back home.
The president of the Chicago Teachers Union, Karen Lewis, mentions that “There’s been – let’s put it this way – centimeters (of progress) and we’re still kilometers apart.” I hate to beak it to you Karen, but it looks like centimeters is all you’re going to get.
It is going to be difficult for unions to make their case since it will be hard to generate sympathy from the public. Their strike comes at a time of economic crisis- in the private sector people are losing their jobs, homes, etc. Chicago public school teachers were already offered a 16% increase in salary over the next 4 years, which they rejected. I’m sure someone that just lost their job would definitely have taken that offer.
And when you look at the facts, Chicago public school teachers don’t have it that bad:
-On average, Chicago public school teachers earn $76K + benefits, which is the highest in the country.
-Chicago public school teachers have the shortest school day in the country (which they were very against the idea of lengthening by 20 minutes).
-They only work 9 months of the year.
And do you know what bothers me even more than the strikes? Mob mentality… I’m talking to you my past teachers of Lake Forest High School! You work in Lake Forest, the polar opposite of Chicago. You are the highest paid teachers in all of Lake County, and the third in Illinois. I can come to understand the public school teachers in the inner city striking, but what could you possibly be complaining about? Just look at how ridiculous you look in this video…