CHICAGO TEACHER’S UNIONS: 24% RAISE OR WE STRIKE
June 12, 2012
Nothing screams relevance in today’s economic and political climate like a teacher’s union threatening a strike if their members aren’t given a 24 percent pay raise, and yet that is exactly what is happening in Chicago, the nation’s third largest school district.
Teachers are unhappy with a decision made last year by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to cancel their 4 percent pay raise while also asking them to work longer days. According to The Associated Press, “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.” The strike will not happen over the summer; the union has decided to wait until school is in session to call the strike.
It’s rather hard to make a coherent case for a 24 percent pay raise based on the previous year’s 4 percent pay raise being canceled, but that is precisely what the teachers union intends to push for. Of course, the union trots out one of their favorite talking points to justify the action, “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.”
Yes, it’s for the children. No doubt a 24% pay increase and avoiding having to work an extra 40 minutes per day, up to 7 hours and 40 minutes, will increase the quality of education being delivered.
Who cares if the Chicago Public Schools and those tasked with paying for them, the taxpayers, can’t afford a strike? It’s for the kids, you know. Who cares that the graduation rate is a paltry 60.6 percent or that teachers in the CPS are already paid an average of $74,839? It’s for the kids obviously. Who cares that teachers don’t want student performance tied to their evaluations? It’s about the kids, right?
This outrageous demand for a 24% increase in pay and shorter work days has nothing to do with increasing the quality of education produced by Chicago Public Schools.
Hopefully the taxpayers responsible for footing the bill in Chicago will realize that this is not about the children and will elect leadership willing to take on the teachers unions. That is the only way to allow real and meaningful education reform to take place.
Indoctrination of Children In Chicago
Beneath a Revolucion flag with the image of Che Guevara, a DJ played music for the kids in the big gymnasium. A hand made poster on the wall behind him said Stop Raid Now Legalization. Despite the bad spelling, the pro-illegal immigrant message was clear.
This was part of a shockingly blatant day of communist indoctrination at a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) facility. Hundreds of Chicago students of all ages were invited into a day-long display of revolutionary communist propaganda at the Social Justice Student Expo in one of Chicagos community colleges on the north side on Thursday, May 20. Presented by Chicago Youth Initiating Change (CYIC), it had the full blessing of CPS.
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At 0:54 seconds into video you see Ecology and Socialism by Chris Williams.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Chris Williams is a long-time environmental activist andVice President of the Union of Adjunct Faculty at Pace University, where he teaches course in energy and the environment, physics, and chemistry. He is also the chair of the science dept at Packer Collegiate Institute.
Army of new Teachers to fight for Social Justice
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan calls for army of new teachers to fight for social justice in the class room.
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On Cotober 9, 2009, Arne Duncan gave a speech at the The Rotunda at the University of Virginia.
“Put plain and simple, this country needs an army of great, new teachers…
I believe that education is the civil rights issue of our generation. And if you care about promoting opportunity and reducing inequality, the classroom is the place to start. Great teaching is about so much more than education; it is a daily fight for social justice.”
Social Justice is the Progressives code word for ‘redistribution of wealth’. This is what the Department of Education wants the army of new teachers to fight for in the schools that your children go to. They will surreptitiously indoctrinate children into the mindset of mediocrity and that the ‘rich’ will take care of them by paying extra taxes. The days of teaching a work ethic are over.
Teachers Union Bigshot Not About Kids, It’s About Power
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AFTexposed.com presents the Best of Randi Weingarten
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