Scanning headlines in my twitter feed over the past few days, I noticed at one point, a journalist tweeting that the strike by Chicago teacher’s seemed poised to end, as there was a tentative agreement, which seemed like good news. Teachers making an average salary of $76,000 per year plus excellent benefits were perhaps going to “settle” for a 16% increase over four years.
Then ATF resident Randi Weingarten corrected him. All that had been agreed to was a framework, not a deal.
An AP article spelled it out:
“I’m hard-pressed to imagine how they could have done much better,” said Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “This is a very impressive outcome for the teachers.”
With an average salary of $76,000, Chicago teachers are among the highest-paid in the nation, and the contract outline calls for annual raises. But some teachers are upset it did not restore a 4 percent raise Emanuel rescinded last year.
And included this bit…
“Our members are not happy,” [Chicago Teachers Union president Karen] Lewis said. “They want to know if there is anything more they can get.”
The “more” they want is an increase in job security (tenure is not enough?) and lowered expectations. Oddly enough, if you search the AP article for that Lewis quote, now, it’s gone missing. You can google the quote and find it within other sources. Like here and here.
But in the AP report, Lewis’ repellently mercenary-sounding quote seems to have been toned-down, appreciably:
“They’re not happy with the agreement. They’d like it to actually be a lot better.”
When you’re trying to drain the teet before it goes dry, I guess the second quote sounds a lot less greedy than the first. They just want it to “actually be a lot better.”
Yeah. Make it better! Tenure, an average salary ‘way above that of the families we’re teaching, great benefits and lowered expectations. Make it better than that!
It’s like licking the bowl clean while complaining that the frosting isn’t sweet enough.
UPDATE: Deroy Murdock wonders Why is Obama so quiet about this strike?