Comments on: It’s Rahm’s strike http://www.newstips.org/2012/07/its-rahms-strike/ Chicago Community Stories Thu, 03 Apr 2014 01:18:42 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.13 By: Rahm Emanuel, job creator, for president? - Newstips by Curtis Black http://www.newstips.org/2012/07/its-rahms-strike/comment-page-1/#comment-11414 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 01:22:46 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=6473#comment-11414 […] implementation – and an entirely unnecessary adversarial, “win-lose” approach, using the issue (unsuccessfully) as a weapon against the teachers’ union – led to a chaotic, alienating […]

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By: On school closings, a political ploy - Newstips by Curtis Black http://www.newstips.org/2012/07/its-rahms-strike/comment-page-1/#comment-11323 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 00:45:18 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=6473#comment-11323 […] day left lots of confusion and little space for collaboration and planning over the past year, and ultimately led to Chicago’s first school strike in 25 years.  Top-down political domination of the school district has led to shifting personnel […]

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By: Carlos S. http://www.newstips.org/2012/07/its-rahms-strike/comment-page-1/#comment-10250 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:56:18 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=6473#comment-10250 Teachers’ salaries are only part of the total compensation they receive. When arguing in reductions of pensions and retirement health car benefits, the unions argue that those items are deferred compensation so that they can’t be cut retroactively. If you add those items in, I doubt very seriously that teacher compensation is a decreasing portion of school budgets. I imagine that it is growing at a very fast and ultimately unsustainable clip like it is in the rest of the public sector. The more tearchers’ services cost, the fewer there are going to be, and the less education is going to happen. The public unions’ general preference for higher wages at the expense of less senior colleagues’ jobs is a sad consequence of this phenomena just as their willingness to shaft their students over it.

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By: Ellie http://www.newstips.org/2012/07/its-rahms-strike/comment-page-1/#comment-10249 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:49:47 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=6473#comment-10249 Curtis – automatic raises just for showing up may be the standard in the collective bargaining world, but they make absolutely no common sense to the taxpayers, especially when we’re talking about the outrageous percentages the teachers have received in their last contract.

And if you want to talk about the standard of living, discuss it with people who received little-to-no raises in this declining economy, while being taxed to death to provide for the raises and pensions for those collective bargainers.

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By: Curtis http://www.newstips.org/2012/07/its-rahms-strike/comment-page-1/#comment-10248 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:46:01 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=6473#comment-10248 Carlos,

Workers in the private sector get added responsibilities without additional compensation in part because the private sector has largely succeeded in eliminating unions. That’s a big reason why corporate profits are so high while middle class living standards are declining – why the gap between the rich and the rest has grown so dramatically – and that in turn is a big reason why our economy is so stagnant, because consumers’ purchasing power has been eroded (while financial crisis has eroded their savings).

Now they’ve got public sector unions in their sites. But eroding working people’s living standards is not good for the economy or the country or the city or our communities. The real problem is probably the board’s spending priorities – and the failure of political leadership to be responsible about raising revenue in a progressive manner, instead of piling on tax breaks and TIF subsidies for wealthy corporations.

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By: Curtis http://www.newstips.org/2012/07/its-rahms-strike/comment-page-1/#comment-10247 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:39:06 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=6473#comment-10247 Ellie,

Under their last contract, teachers got 16 percent raises (17 percent compounded) for cost of living over five years, and beyond that step and lane increases for longevity and additional training (which teachers pay for), which varied a lot. These step-type increases are fairly common in collective bargaining agreements, and have been for a long time, and they make a certain amount of sense. And they were freely agreed to.

Benn, the mediator, who holds the collective bargaining process in high regard, argues that changes in state law allowing CPS to set the length of the school day and year are “not a license for the Board to unilaterally restructure the union’s contract to remove benefits which were put in place through decades of collective bargaining between the parties.”

Also, the number of days in the year is being increased along with the number of hours in the day. And Benn points out that CPS did not challenge CTU’s estimate of the longer time being demanded of teachers.

In any case, the reality is that even with these healthy raises, teachers salaries have steadily *declined* as a proportion of the CPS operating budget – from 48 percent in 2004 to 41 percent in 2010 – while the CPS deficit grew, neighborhood schools lost funding and millions were poured into charter and turnaround schools. So it’s hard to argue that teachers’ salaries are the cause of the school system’s financial difficulties – or its decision to disinvest in neighborhood schools.

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By: Ellie http://www.newstips.org/2012/07/its-rahms-strike/comment-page-1/#comment-10244 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 11:48:44 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=6473#comment-10244 Mr. Rivermouth – duty-free lunch that would merely be moved to the middle of the day is not work, so the teachers should not expect be paid for it.

Also, if we take the 330 million that Benn proposes to hand out to the teachers and divide it between all of the 671 schools instead, that would mean an extra 492K per school to spend on full-time nurses, aides, art and music instruction, libraries, etc.

What were you all saying about giving children the better school day?

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By: CitizensArrest http://www.newstips.org/2012/07/its-rahms-strike/comment-page-1/#comment-10242 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 04:18:54 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=6473#comment-10242 Alderman Joe Moore, acting on behalf of the corrupt and cowardly mayor, has nuked all the elected school board petitions based on a set of contrived technicalities. The mayor does not give a rats ass what the parents of Chicago think, even though they are far better informed on education issues than either he or the rhee-ject from Rochester are.

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