Chicago Strike Settlement Will Cost M...

Chicago Strike Settlement Will Cost Many Teachers Their Jobs

There are 8 comments on the www.sfgate.com story from Sep 21, 2012, titled Chicago Strike Settlement Will Cost Many Teachers Their Jobs. In it, www.sfgate.com reports that:

Chicago's 30,000 public school teachers had little time to celebrate their return to class as attention shifted to how the third-largest U.S. city will pay for the deal that ended their first strike in a quarter century -- and how soon some of those educators will lose their jobs.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Public Schools system he runs face a projected $1 billion deficit next year and the prospect of scores of school closings.

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Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#1 Sep 21, 2012
Teachers lose a job? Time for a strike.
Lonewolf

Leesville, SC

#2 Sep 21, 2012
Union bosses don't worry about a few hundred losing their jobs,as long as they're getting paid.That's what the teachers get for being greedy

“bar0ckalypse n0w”

Since: Mar 10

Location hidden

#3 Sep 21, 2012
Did you fauxcahontas get scalped last night.

Scott Brown brought his cherokee tomahawk.

Brown goes after Warren over false claim she's Indian...
radiofreeamerica

Tampa, FL

#4 Sep 21, 2012
The 30,000 will become 20,000.But they asked for it.
Eleanor

Vernon Hills, IL

#5 Sep 21, 2012
That's the problem with PUBLIC UNIONS.

They negotiate for raises that are totally funded on the backs of taxpayers. If they negotiate for more money than is available, the taxpayers need to cough up the extra bucks (which NO ONE has these days).

NON-PUBLIC UNIONS obtain their raises from the PROFITABILITY of a company. When that company can no longer come up with the money, it goes out of business.

The teacher's union should have VOTED for a PAY DECREASE, knowing full well that by asking for MORE than is available, the STUDENTS will be CHEATED by having fewer teachers to provide them with a decent education.

In today's economy these teachers are LUCKY to HAVE a job. Too bad, now because of this pay increase, there will be even fewer teachers being employed in Chicago.
support the teachers

Chicago, IL

#6 Sep 22, 2012
Eleanor wrote:
That's the problem with PUBLIC UNIONS.
They negotiate for raises that are totally funded on the backs of taxpayers. If they negotiate for more money than is available, the taxpayers need to cough up the extra bucks (which NO ONE has these days).
NON-PUBLIC UNIONS obtain their raises from the PROFITABILITY of a company. When that company can no longer come up with the money, it goes out of business.
The teacher's union should have VOTED for a PAY DECREASE, knowing full well that by asking for MORE than is available, the STUDENTS will be CHEATED by having fewer teachers to provide them with a decent education.
In today's economy these teachers are LUCKY to HAVE a job. Too bad, now because of this pay increase, there will be even fewer teachers being employed in Chicago.
if the kids are going to be cheated out of an education that is the fault of Rahm and the chicago crooks not the teachers... Rahm is going to close hundreds of public schools and take away the teachers pensions and privatize everything. you think private schools are going to be any better? by the way i support the teachers not the union. the union bureaucracy is collaborating with the people who are going to destroy public education, and all of you folks who are going to cheer them on because you don't want to pay higher taxes will destroy the futures of these kids. hope you're happy.
Brad

Manchester, CT

#7 Sep 22, 2012
support the teachers wrote:
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if the kids are going to be cheated out of an education that is the fault of Rahm and the chicago crooks not the teachers... Rahm is going to close hundreds of public schools and take away the teachers pensions and privatize everything. you think private schools are going to be any better? by the way i support the teachers not the union. the union bureaucracy is collaborating with the people who are going to destroy public education, and all of you folks who are going to cheer them on because you don't want to pay higher taxes will destroy the futures of these kids. hope you're happy.
The coverage of the strike has obscured some basic facts. The money has continued to pour into Chicago’s failing public schools in recent years. Chicago teachers have the highest average salary of any city at $76,000 a year before benefits. The average family in the city only earns $47,000 a year. Yet the teachers rejected a 16 percent salary increase over four years at a time when most families are not getting any raises or are looking for work.

The city is being bled dry by the exorbitant benefits packages negotiated by previous elected officials. Teachers pay only 3 percent of their health-care costs and out of every new dollar set aside for public education in Illinois in the last five years, a full 71 cents has gone to teacher retirement costs.

“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#8 Sep 24, 2012
Eleanor wrote:
That's the problem with PUBLIC UNIONS.
They negotiate for raises that are totally funded on the backs of taxpayers. If they negotiate for more money than is available, the taxpayers need to cough up the extra bucks (which NO ONE has these days).
NON-PUBLIC UNIONS obtain their raises from the PROFITABILITY of a company. When that company can no longer come up with the money, it goes out of business.
The teacher's union should have VOTED for a PAY DECREASE, knowing full well that by asking for MORE than is available, the STUDENTS will be CHEATED by having fewer teachers to provide them with a decent education.
In today's economy these teachers are LUCKY to HAVE a job. Too bad, now because of this pay increase, there will be even fewer teachers being employed in Chicago.
No. The problem with "public unions" is, when they go over the head of the unit they are negotiating with, and havwe their contractual wishes writen into law.

This is also the problem, on a much greater scale, with American business.

While on the general subject, the problem with CHARTER SCHOOLS is that they cream-skim; and leave all the 'special needs' and 'emotional problem' children with the school board, increasing overall education costs.

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