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  •  But we get only 2% during boom times as well (10+ / 0-)

    It's a constant battle.  We're always told to wait... Well, we've waited and waited.  

    Good for the Chicago teacher.  

    Progressives support unions until it becomes inconvenient.

    One more predominantly female profession getting screwed.

    It's an exhausting battle.

    •  I agree with you on every point, jofr (1+ / 0-)
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      I stand with the teachers and their union, 100%. Yes, I have worked as a teacher, but only briefly during grad school, and in non-traditional settings (two hospitals). Still, I know how consuing the job is and how much of it is done outside the classroom. I know of no other professionals who are treated with so much disrespect.

      Eliminate tax breaks that stimulate the offshoring of jobs.

      by RJDixon74135 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 04:06:14 PM PDT

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    •  "Progressives support unions until it (5+ / 0-)

      becomes inconvenient." Agreed. Over the last four years, we have seen this worse than ever.

      And it is political suicide for Democrats to not support the unions. Without organized labor, there are not many constituencies on the left that can mobilize so many dollars and people alike for Democratic causes. But it's a two way street -- the big Dems need to show the unions some support here.

      "As the madmen play on words, and make us all dance to their song / to the tune of starving millions, to make a better kind of gun..." -- Iron Maiden

      by Lost Left Coaster on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 04:19:28 PM PDT

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      •  You forget where this is happening (2+ / 0-)
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        Lost Left Coaster, Mostel26

        In "labor friendly" Illinois.

        Where Rahm is the democratic mayor who is openly dissaiful of the union and tells union leaders who disagree with him "fuck you!"

        Where Democrat Gov. Quinn says he was put on this earth to destroy public pensions despite the Illinois constitution's promise.

        Where Democrat Speaker Mike Madigan works with Republicans to cut earned pension benefits.

        Illinois Democrats are hell bent on committing political suicide way before they will actually support their union base.

        Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein

        by michael in chicago on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 05:25:36 PM PDT

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    •  I hear you jofr (2+ / 0-)
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      JoCoDem, Mostel26

      My son is an 8th grader in a truly excellent Chicago school and I've seen how the teachers have struggled over the years to work with tighter and tighter budgets.  They somehow manage to continue to provide, not only an excellent education for my son, but a great support system for him as well.  

      His teachers have told him they don't want the students or their parents joining their picket lines should they strike on Monday.  But I'll be dropping off some pizzas and offering my support.

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