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Mayor Rahm Emanuel is preparing to “ratchet up” negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Does this mean more backroom deals with Tea Party blogger Andrew Marcus who worked with Mayor Rahm Emanuel "against the Unions in this town." Marcus directed the film A Tale of Two Missions -- an anti-public school video featuring a candid interview with Mayor Emanuel. Tale of Two Missions was produced by a Tea Party-backed group in Michigan called the Education Action Group. Videos after the jump.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is preparing to “ratchet up” negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union to seal a deal needed to guarantee an on-time Sept. 4 opening of Chicago Public Schools and preserve his signature plan for a longer school day and year, City Hall sources said Thursday.

“He owns this anyway, and he’s gonna need to ratchet it up to close it,” said a mayoral confidant, who asked to remain anonymous.

Does "ratcheting up" mean continuing his relationship with the Tea Party?

From Huffington Post:

In a recently released video, Chicago Teachers Union shows the games played by wealthy elites to smear the Union in the midst of heated contract negotiations. Chicago Teachers Union has maintained that it will not bargain in the press over a fair contract, but associates of Mayor Rahm Emanuel have apparently used backroom deals in Springfield, paid protesters and even members of the Michigan Tea Party to distort the public's image of the Union.

The video, "Astroturf Billionaires Vs. The Chicago Teachers Union" shows all of these tricks in graphic detail.

Clip of Tea Party activist Andrew Marcus describes his relationship with the Mayor and how they worked together to make an anti-teacher video.

24 minute video "Chicago Teachers Union Vs. Astroturf Billionaires" -- the story of Rahm Emanuel "racheting up" with the Tea Party, Stand for Children, and Democrats for Eduction Reform.
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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    "Your conspiracy theories won't work without evidence." -Nasir Jones

    by Tristero 312 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 09:15:17 AM PDT

  •  hmph (0+ / 0-)

    And here I was expecting the Rahm diaries not to start until late election night.

    GOP: The Party of Acid rain, Abortion of the American Dream, and Amnesty for Wall Street.

    by Attorney at Arms on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 10:00:48 AM PDT

    •  Better this bankster Dem wasn't a Union busting (2+ / 0-)
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      gustynpip, Tristero 312

      wall st tool. Than if we did write about him it would be a little more uplifting.

      Rahm is no friend of the the American worker. His choice. Why should we not comment on it, today, late election night or the day after?

      •  never mind (0+ / 0-)

        you obviously weren't here in 2008

        GOP: The Party of Acid rain, Abortion of the American Dream, and Amnesty for Wall Street.

        by Attorney at Arms on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 05:23:54 PM PDT

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        •  2008? Rahm's proudest achievement was nafta. (0+ / 0-)

          He says so. He learned his anti unionism at the knee of the founders of the DLC. And whoever is trying to turn our public school system into a tax funded corporate profit center and smash our last Unions, is an enemy of the American middle class wether it is a repug or Democrat or whoever Clinton is blowing at davos.

          What did Rahm do in 2008? Help elect Obama? Then get CoS and party like it was 1990s with the same results. A mid term slaughter that killed any legislation that wasn't gop approved and humped by the blu dogs.

          Rahm's a dirty no good son of bitch. The country can't afford two conservative parties, but the 1% can.

    •  What's that supposed to mean? I'm not (2+ / 0-)

      certain there's ever been a time when a good Rahm diary wouldn't be appropriate.  Seems to me one during the days he's being openly anti union is more than appropriate.  Waiting until after the election wouldn't help the teachers a whole lot, now would it?

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 10:24:05 AM PDT

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      •  Hmmm. (0+ / 0-)

        You have a UID low enough to have been here in 2008. Anyway, Rahm is, you know, the mayor, so he's by definition in management. Anyway, whatever.

        That was a reference to how about two hours after the election was over in 2008, CT diaries regarding Rahm started appearing


        GOP: The Party of Acid rain, Abortion of the American Dream, and Amnesty for Wall Street.

        by Attorney at Arms on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 05:33:29 PM PDT

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        •  Being elected management doesn't mean being anti- (0+ / 0-)

          Union. Which Rahm is, was, and will be. Rahm is selling off Chicago and everything its citizens built in the last 100 years to wall st & the exchange at fire sale prices. It's what the neo-liberals do. Just like they handed over the Democratic party to the 1%. Planned it in the 80s and accomplished it by the end of the 90s.

          The financial class has retreated into their own interests and pulled up the drawbridge. And to them, and their lackeys, a politically empowered, prosperous, and educated middle class able to demand a share of the worlds economic rewards, and not just carry the worlds burdens, is old fashioned. And rule by, and for, a self appointed master class is modern as tomorrow.

          Rahm and his precious banksters stink on ice.

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