Chicago Teachers Want a 30% Pay Increase Over Next 2 Years

It’s for the kids.

In 2010 14,866 Illinois teachers made over $100,000. The highest paid teacher in Illinois teaches PE and made $203,154. 760 Illinois P.E. teachers made over $100,000 not including benefits.

But, they want more…
The Chicago Teachers Union is asking for 30% raises in next two years.
The Chicago Tribune reported:

The Chicago Teachers Union is asking for raises amounting to 30 percent over the next two years, the opening salvo in heated contract negotiations with school officials who are implementing a longer school day across Chicago Public Schools next school year.

Documents obtained by the Tribune show that in the face of Mayor Rahm Emanuel‘s expansion of the school day, the union has led with an offer seeking a 24 percent raise in the 2012-13 school year and a 5 percent increase the following year, the net effect being 30 percent.

It may be playing hardball, or it could be, as one education expert described it, an “exorbitant offer” that ignores the district’s growing financial constraints.

As she left CTU headquarters for contract negotiations Thursday, union President Karen Lewis declined to comment on the details of the proposal.

“We are not negotiating this in the public,” Lewis said.

CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin issued a statement, saying: “Our contract negotiations have just begun and are negotiated in good faith and not in the public. We have not authorized the release of any proposals outside of negotiations.”

The proposal also calls for reducing elementary school class sizes from 28 to 23 students and shrinking class sizes in the upper grade levels from about 31 students to 23.

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