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Chicago Teachers Union thumbs nose at proposed 20% raise

Tony60647 Wrote: Jul 18, 2012 3:28 PM
How is 15-20% considered a raise if they are being asked to work 30% longer....90 minutes a day more and 10 more school day!!! The article is very ignorant and does not present all of the facts. King Rahm is ridiculous. If the City of Chicago can't afford to pay the teachers to work more time then don't add more time. Leave the calendar as is. It's as simple as that. The reason the U.S. in general is going down hill is because we don't respect our teachers. We view everything as a commodity with an assigned value to it.

The Chicago Teachers Union made headlines a few months ago when it was revealed that the union was demanding a 30 percent raise in its new contract proposal.

Such an enormous raise – regardless of the supposed justification – would be unthinkable in a district with a $665 million budget deficit and a 9.8 percent unemployment rate.

The school board countered with an offer of a two percent raise, which would still be a burden on the district’s overstretched budget.

As a result, both the CTU and Chicago Public Schools requested an “independent” fact finder to look at...