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Everyone is talking about the Chicago Teachers Strike. If you are on twitter then you have may have already seen that #CTU is trending and that is good.  The problem is there is a lot of misinformation about why these teachers are going on strike.

With the majority of labor - management disputes pay is an issue.  Wages have been flat nation wide for many years and these teachers are no different.  They are fighting for pay raises that were promised to them.

Many other news organizations stop at the pay, saying the teachers are greedy.  They do not understand that there are more reasons the teachers are on strike.   Here is a short list of those other reasons.  (You can click this link and read in more detail about each reasons http://bit.ly/...)

Their reasons:

1. Recognize That Class Size Matters
2. Educate The Whole Child
3. Create More Robust Wrap-around Services
4. Address Inequities In Our System
5. Help Students Get Off To A Good Start
6. Respect And Develop The Professionals
7. Teach All Students
8. Provide Quality School Facilities
9. Partner With Parents
10. Fully Fund Education

(Additionally, here’s a statement from the Chicago Teachers Union explaining why they are on strike: http://bit.ly/...)

Over the last few years there have been many strikes.  Some small with 50-100 workers.  This is strike is very different.  The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 30,000 teachers working to protect the over 400,000 children in 675 schools.  This is one of the most important strikes in recent history.

These teachers, have had enough.  No more under funding the schools. No more overcrowding the classrooms. No more, no more, no more.  This could be a turning point for labor.  This could be the moment that continues to bring labor back.  After monumental 'slap in the face' from Governor Walker, and Governor Kasich, this could be another building block in our reawakening. Or this could turn into the moment that we will talk about for the next 30 years, like the PATCO strike.  Either way this a pivotal moment for Labor and Education.

I stand with the teachers, who are standing up for the children of their schools.  We all must show our support and let them know they are not alone in their fight.  Their issues are the same in Chicago as they are in Manchester, NH, and every other city and town in America.

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Originally posted on The NH Labor News be sure to to check out our other great posts

Originally posted to The New Hampshire Labor News on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 04:56 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    Together We Can Fight Back Against The Attacks On Labor In America

    by NH LABOR NEWS on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 04:56:11 PM PDT

  •  NHLN - how long will they stay out? (1+ / 0-)
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    billlaurelMD

    Will there be school by Christmas? I think the Rahm is all in. My daughter had a private lunch (not a fundraiser of any kind) with Rahm, and about eight other people, two weeks ago to talk about the pending teachers' strike. Based on what she told me Rahm is "all-in" and I think you will see him playing Reagan in this drama.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 05:11:54 PM PDT

  •  Let's all contact Rahm! Here is a contact form: (4+ / 0-)
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    bornadem, Larsstephens, AgavePup, JayRaye

    http://webapps.cityofchicago.org/...

    We need to let him know that we support the teachers!

  •  I have empathy for both sides of this. (1+ / 0-)
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    Larsstephens

    Rahm dug himself a hole BIG TIME. He came out with giant boxing gloves on when he should have had the honey jar. The city is in an awful financial position due in part to Wall Street greed that seems to be left out of these conversations entirely, while people turn inward and point at each other.

    Rahm got them to agree to a longer school day (great), but exactly what did they get in return, especially given that previous pay increase has been frozen. His call for them to come back in the face of getting them to agree to the longer day, but not giving a lot in return is hard to stomach even for someone on the sidelines. It's hard to feel empathy for Rahm's side of the equation because he seems so pissy and just says they are broke, which is true, but at some point, he needs to tap into his former boss Bill Clinton's "I feel your pain" empathy and smooth this along.

    The teachers have been disrespected and underappreciated. They (along with our city's children) have borne the brunt of the incessant budget cuts and mismanagement. It is a tribute to their dedication to our children that they continue to serve our city. Many, many are a credit to their profession and communities.

    That said, none of us have job security and a zero cap on rising health costs these days. They need to find a way to continue to get funding for better training and accept that the weakest teachers among them don't get a ticket to teach again.

    Our school system is horribly broken. Our high school graduation rate is at 60%. (Compare that to the close to 90% graduation rate in the state of Wisconsin. Their strike's context was different, in my opinion, from this strike's.) 24 CPS students were shot dead last year and another 300 shot and injured. In one school year!

    The system is failing and many are open to considering new modes of educating our youth, new systems. It's a new reality with many dimensions, but the system will need to be broken from the outside or implode to our communities huge detriment if the mayor and teachers don't shape some new realities together soon.

    I'm sorry to see you adding the pressure of this as a "pivotal moment" for Labor and Education with capital letters. I am unclear as to how it helps to bring the entire spotlight of the nation to bear on the conflict happening in our community now, as if it's not a tragic enough situation.

    The children so far see time off as analogous to snow days but if it goes much longer, it will be a genuine loss. For EVERYONE.

  •  SEIU Local 1 (0+ / 0-)

    stands with Chicago Teachers

    http://www.seiu1.org/...

    Janitors Stand Behind Chicago Teachers

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

    by JayRaye on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 07:36:21 AM PDT

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