Chicago Teachers’ Union Bests Rahmbo … and the taxpayers

It’s been the first day back to school after a 7-day walk out by the Chicago’s teachers.  Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers’ Union took it Rahm Emanuel, first by calling his bluff that her union wouldn’t strike, and then walking away with a deal that Chicago can’t afford.  The Chicago Tribune, my hometown gazette reports:

Though the union did not achieve the 30 percent base raise it initially sought, CTU President Karen Lewis claimed several victories.

She argued that the union had successfully rejected Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s attempts to institute merit pay, fought off more stringent requirements in a new teacher evaluation system and secured a recall policy for top-performing teachers who are laid off because of school closings.

The contract would give teachers base salary raises of 3 percent this year and 2 percent in each of the following two years. They could receive another 3 percent raise if both sides agree to a fourth year in the contract.

Those raises are in addition to other salary bumps for experience and pursuing a graduate degree that would push the overall average pay raise for teachers to 17.6 percent over four years, according to CPS.

Rahm, on the other hand got:

In the tentative agreement, Emanuel solidified his No. 1 reform objective of lengthening what had been one of the nation’s shortest school days and year.

The mayor also managed to secure a deal that gives teachers smaller raises than they had received under their previous five-year contract, maintains principals’ right to determine which teachers will be hired and institutes, for the first time, a teacher evaluation system set out by state law that takes into account student performance.

And we the taxpayers will have to wait to find out Rahmfather to tell us for how we’re going to pay for $1.3 billion.

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