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More on the Chicago teachers’ strike

Posted: September 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm   /   by

The appalling greed of the Chicago teachers’ union is now on display for all to see. People are starting to wake up to the disaster hat has been wrought by public employee unions. Even FDR, one of the most union-friendly presidents we’ve had, opposed collective bargaining “rights” for public unions. (Of course, his primary motivation, unsurprisingly, was that strikes by public unions inhibited government power . . . and government power was always his primary goal.)

Here is some more background on just how egregious the situation is:

Chicago Public Schools have a 40 percent dropout rate. Emanuel considers that unacceptable. He has proposed evaluating teachers on how their students learn. With Chicago’s finances tight, he proposed giving teachers a raise of “only” 8 percent.

Chicago Public School already teachers enjoy the highest average pay of any district in the nation—$76,000 a year, plus benefits. (The CTU argues it is only $71,000 after taking out contributions for their pensions and health care.) The union wanted a 30 percent raise but has indicated it could settle for the 16 percent the city is now offering (raising average annual pay to $88,000).

But the union adamantly opposes the mayor’s education reforms. They want the teacher evaluations watered down. They also want the school district to rehire teachers who lose their jobs in layoffs or school closings—no matter how ineffective they are. Emanuel refused, so the union shut down Chicago’s schools.

Yet these teachers believe they are doing a good job, and deserve a giant raise at the taxpayers’ expense, in the midst of a economic stagnation that is hitting every family hard.

There are other things it is crucial to understand, including just how teacher compensation actually works:



Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
Christopher Cook


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