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  •  It's mid-June. I have to wonder if that will (0+ / 0-)

    diminish the effect of a strike.

    Mitt Romney = Draco Malfoy

    by ubertar on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 04:33:06 AM PDT

    •  We didn’t vote to strike. (5+ / 0-)
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      Bluebirder, ubertar, Mike08, elfling, JanL

      Just a point of fact. We Chicago Public School teachers didn’t vote to strike. We voted to authorize a strike. Mayor Emanuel and the Board of Education had gotten laws passed in the state legislature that tilted the rules against the Chicago Teacher’s Union. We played by their rules and managed to get 90% of the membership (not just 90% of those who voted) to authorize the strike — far above the 75% required in state law. They thought the state law would make it impossible for us to authorize a strike. They were wrong.

      To date, the Emanuel and the Board have not been negotiating. They have acted like they could just do whatever they want without anybody being able to say “no.” They were wrong.

      The strike authorization vote gives us some leverage into the contract negotiation. Any actual strike would not occur until mid-August. I would hope that the powers-that-be would start negotiating more seriously. Many teachers (including I) who authorized a strike are hoping that we can avoid an actual strike. We are trying to support our families, pay our bills, and work with dignity. This is not politics. What is at stake is our livelihoods.

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