I Stand With the Chicago Teachers Union
On September 10, the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike for the first time in 25 years. The 29,000 teachers and school workers were forced to take this dramatic action after Mayor Rahm Emanuel repeatedly refused to communicate with the teacher's union.
Mayor Emanuel refuses to support teachers and demands they do more work for less money. The CTU wants to limit class sizes - Mayor Emanuel refuses. The Chicago Public School system agreed to offer teachers a four percent raise last year - Mayor Emanuel canceled this agreement.
Mayor Emanuel has been catering to corporate interests who want to expand charter schools in Chicago. Even though studies have found that most charter schools deliver results similar to those of public schools, corporate educational reformers heavily promote them. It's no coincidence that charter school staff are usually not unionized.
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I stand with the members of the Chicago Teachers Union and their decision to go on strike.
Teachers have been continuously vilified despite their work to educate, support and nurture children. The CTU has been forced to take drastic action to combat Mayor Emanuel's refusal to work with them.
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We cannot refuse to support teachers and demand they do more work for less money at the same time.
It's time we recognize and value teacher's contributions to our children's lives.