Welcome to RahmVille and ObamaVille – Chicago teachers to go on strike because 2% pay raise isn’t good enough
Want to see what another term for Obama will look like? Take a look at the cesspool that is Chicago. You have scumbag cops like Drew Peterson convinced of murder, you have gangbangers killing 10-20 people per weekend, and now you have greedy Chicago school teachers (via their union of course) set to go on strike Monday because a 2% pay raise in exchange for a 90 minute longer day isn’t good enough for them. Of course, it’s not like the kids coming out of Chicago could get any dumber anyway with teachers on strike. Look at what that city has become.
“We will be on the (picket) line,” Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said Sunday night, calling it a difficult decision and one the union hoped could be avoided.
More than 26,000 teachers and support staff are expected to hit the picket lines Monday morning, while the school district and parents make plans for keeping students safe and occupied during the day.
The longer school day was one of the mayor’s campaign promises for the city’s schools, and he pushed to have it implemented a year ahead of schedule. He 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.
The district and union agreed in July on how to implement the longer school day, striking a deal to hire back 477 teachers who had been laid off rather than pay regular teachers more to work longer hours. That raised hopes the contract dispute would be settled soon, but bargaining continued on the other issues.