After seven days of picketing, Chicago teachers have voted to end their ongoing strike! This isn’t a sweet Wall Street deal by any means but pay cuts won’t be as detrimental and our kids can go back to their classrooms (even if they’re still overcrowded). SMH
“Our brothers and sisters throughout the country have been told that corporate ‘school reform’ was unstoppable, that merit pay had to be accepted and that the public would never support us if we decided to fight. Cities everywhere have been forced to accept performance pay.
“Not here in Chicago. Months ago, CTU members won a strike authorization, one that our enemies thought would be impossible. Now we have stopped the board are imposing merit pay! We preserved our lanes and steps when the politicians and press predicted they were history. We held the line on healthcare costs.”
If you haven’t paid attention to the strike, you’ve missed seeing and hearing these brave teachers fight for our children out there. Overcrowded classrooms, deplorable conditions, and shady pay cuts (while millions of funding went to “richer” districts), all caused educators to hit their breaking point.
We understand it put parents and caregivers in a bind for a week…but today those baby steps were worth it.
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