In it, teachers make clear, “We need books. We need air conditioners. When there’s 40 students in a classroom, each student’s not going to get the individual attention they need to succeed.” A parent adds, “This isn’t about politics. It’s about my kids.” – Progressive Change Campaign Committee
WORKING TO help teachers striking in Chicago, progressives put together the ad above.
Late on Tuesday, the teachers union voted to end the strike. From the Chicago Sun-Times:
The union fell far short of its last public pay request, for a pay hike of more than 20 percent pay hike in year one, and wound up instead with 3 percent the first year, followed by two years of 2 percent raises, and a possible fourth year at 4 percent, if the union wants to extend the deal.
But the CTU preserved traditional extra raises for experience and advanced degrees – increases that CPS had tried to kill off or radically change. All three raises together should give the average teacher a 17.6 pay hike over four years, CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll said.
However, the union fought off a drive to push merit pay and other “pay for performance’’ pay schemes upon teachers – something Lewis said the union received back-slapping calls about from around the country.
There are more details at the link above, including reports that Mayor Emanuel became “emotional” during the announcement.