Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago and erstwhile right-hand man to President Obama, is flexing his muscles over this teacher’s strike — what say you?
The irony, of course: a big time Democrat fighting the union.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he will file a court injunction to force an end to the Chicago teacher’s strike which is heading into its second week.
In a statement, Emanuelblasted the teachers union for failing to end the strike and said he plans to file an injunction to force the strike to end and get kids back to school.
“I will not stand by while the children of Chicago are played as pawns in an internal dispute within a union. This was a strike of choice and is now a delay of choice that is wrong for our children. Every day our kids are kept out of school is one more day we fail in our mission: to ensure that every child in every community has an education that matches their potential,” Emanuel said.
“I have instructed the City’s Corporation Counsel to work with the General Counsel of Chicago Public Schools to file an injunction in circuit court to immediately end this strike and get our children back in the classroom.” the mayor said.
“This continued action by union leadership is illegal on two grounds – it is over issues that are deemed by state law to be non-strikable, and it endangers the health and safety of our children…While the union works through its remaining issues, there is no reason why the children of Chicago should not be back in the classroom as they had been for weeks while negotiators worked through these same issues.”