Chicago Teachers’ Union Closer to Strike

Both sides have agreed to the appointment of a fact-finding panel that has 75 days to issue a report recommending terms for settlement of the labor contract.

Once that report is issued in the middle of July, the parties have 15 days to accept or reject the panel’s recommendation. If its rejected, the fact-finding panel can publish its recommendation. Thirty days after that, the union is free to strike.

via Chicago Tribune.

Things are heating up, the battle lines have been drawn.  Everyone loves the teachers (who basically babysit their children all day,) but the cost is simply out of control.  The union drives wage inflation which it turn drives tax inflation.  So even though there are far fewer students than a few decades ago, the cost of educating these fewer student is considerably higher.

Chicago continues to slide into Gotham.  A teachers strike could seal the deal.

Chicago Teachers Union Wants to Strike

The Chicago Teachers Union says internal polling shows there is support for a strike if contract talks with Chicago Public Schools break down.

A new state law requires the union to get approval from 75 percent of its members before a strike, leading many to question if the union could muster support for a walkout.

CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin said members at several schools were polled.

“The preliminary results indicate that if a strike vote were held today, teachers in those schools would vote unanimously for a walkout,” Gadlin said.

via Chicago Tribune.

CTU’s voting block is just as out of touch as the Occupy Movement.

I wrote awhile back about how teachers are overpaid.  Now they want a 30% raise over two years.  Clueless or ambivalent to the financial state of affairs in this town, county, state, country.

I say go ahead and strike.  Show the world what you’re really all about.