It’s For the Kids… Chicago Teachers – Who Make $74,839 a Year – Go On Strike

Chicago teachers went on strike today for the first time in 25 years. 400,000 students and their families were affected.

Teachers in Chicago make an average $74,839 a year.

** The teachers want a 16% raise over 4 years costing the city $400 million.
(Who gets that kind of a raise these days?)

Tens of thousands of teachers and support staff in Chicago went on strike Monday after their union and school officials failed to reach a contract agreement.
The AP reported:

Chicago teachers went on strike Monday for the first time in 25 years after their union and district officials failed to reach a contract agreement despite intense weekend negotiations that the union said were productive but still failed to adequately address issues such as job security and teacher evaluations.

The two sides were not far apart on compensation, but were on other issues, including health benefits — teachers want to keep what they have now — and a new teacher evaluation system based partly on students’ standardized test scores, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said.

“This is a difficult decision and one we hoped we could have avoided,” she said. “We must do things differently in this city if we are to provide our students with the education they so rightfully deserve.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel condemned the union’s decision, and said the negotiations could be resolved if the two sides kept talking, “given how close we are.”

“This is not a strike I wanted,” Emanuel said. “It was a strike of choice … it’s unnecessary, it’s avoidable and it’s wrong. ”

More than 26,000 teachers and support staff were expected to hit the picket lines early Monday, while the school district and parents carried out plans for keeping nearly 400,000 students safe and occupied while classes remain empty in the coming days in the nation’s third largest school district.

The Illinois Policy Institute has “5 Things You Need to Know About Chicago Public Schools.”

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  • oldguy

    Teachers are babysitters who tell their charges to hate mommy and daddy and should be paid accordingly.

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  • bigL

    Now Hiring-26,000 teaching and staff jobs, Located in Chicago.

  • donh

    start demanding a rebate on your property taxes.

  • DomesticGoddess

    Rhambo is in a pretty tight spot, no? These offensive “teachers” don’t care if there is no money to meet their demands. This is exactly what the “teachers” do in France. France is considering a taxation rate of 75%. Welcome to Obama’s second term.

  • rangerjagc

    I think they get paid enough. Proof: I know this makes me a horrible person but, have you seen the pictures of these teachers? Nearly without exception, they have not missed any meals, in fact a “large” number of them are obese. #1 – where is Michele O and the diet / fitness police when you need them? #2 – what a terrible example for our kids in terms of healthly life style. #3 – what a terrible example of greed for our kids. Can’t imagine what the kids are being taught (well, unfortunately, yes I can).

  • mg4us

    #4. . .this is all being down to help drive unemployment number down just before the elections given last Friday’s dismal report

    Then Once Obama is elected, all the new SCAB workers will be fired as they bring the former union folk back

    YES WE CON. . Not a typo

    Just like the Mayor In Trenton, NJ

    Another of Holder’s people
    Yes we CON!

  • ray44us

    my wife is a teacher in central Iowa. she makes about $39K a year, which includes her summer duty pay, has a masters degree and over 15 years of experience. oh, and her school year duty requires her to work extra hours during the day and coach on weekends. all for about a thousand bucks requiring about a dozen weekends, not to mention all the time she stays late or works even more at home on her teaching and duty. she doesn’t complain. it’s the job she wanted and she works much like her husband in the private sector that has very long days too.

    i don’t know where these pigs get off demanding 16% or more raises when they already make twice what an Iowa teacher makes with more experience and education. and guess who pays this crap? those of us in the private sector already 40 feet under water and sinking fast in Obama’s economy. i blame Obama and his policies and attitude of rewarding ineffective public workers at the expense of the private sector.

  • http://none tommy mc donnell

    rahm seems to be doing the same job in chicago that barack is doing to the country. oh those marxists are great at governing.

  • Granny55

    Looks like the OWSer’s were out in force this morning showing their support. Yup those “poor” teachers – it’s all for the kids – parents/taxpayers be damned.

  • SM-WI

    The Chicago way!

  • Ella

    They all deserve each other. Pass the popcorn.

  • donh

    No how will the Chilren get their free condoms ? This is a health hazard !

  • Limousine Barry

    Let me be clear, school is So Last Century!

    Besides, the union teachers always vote for me. Why should the switch?

    I will give the teachers a Vote 4 0bama picket sign and a three free pre-filled-out absentee ballots! That should do it!

    To all of my supporters in the Union, vote early and vote often!

    Good day.

  • Vixen

    I’ve seen some other photos accompanying this story at other sites in addition to this vid. It doesn’t appear that these teachers are starving…. if you know what I mean….

  • anti-bho

    If I’d had a teacher who looked like that I’d have thought seriously about quitting school.

  • anti-bho

    Heard a remark on the video about something being ‘left on the table’.
    That’s got to be a bald faced lie if ‘tubby’ was at that table, because I’m betting she’s never left anything on a table.

  • retire05

    According to the Illinois Family Taxpayer’s Association, Ms. Karen Lewis is already making a hefty salary off the taxpayer’s back, for the children, of course.

    In 2011, Ms. Lewis drew down a tony $89,859 for the 2011-2012 school term. That is NOT unusual as a number of teachers in the City of Chicago School District are making as much as $135,000 per year. Ms. Lewis is demanding a 16% raise in pay over four years that would give her an increase of over $14,000/per year in 2016. How many do you know that are making $103K/yr in this economy? Certainly none of my friends who have managed to keep a job.

    The Federal government needs to step in and if these teachers don’t want to do the jobs they are being well paid for, fire them, and give vouchers to parents to sent their kids to [better] schools.

  • retire05

    One other thing; Chicago teachers are the highest paid in the nation, exceeding the salary of New York teachers who live in a higher cost of living area. These teachers are NOT underpaid but are an example of why parents need to either send their kids to a Christian school, or home school them. And what does the parent get for all those high teacher salaries in Chicago? A drop out rate that is almost as high as Los Angeles.