Not only are Democrats mostly opposing the Chicago teachers’ strike, a strike they would probably support if the mayor of Chicago and the president weren’t Democrats, Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan is now supporting them, which I’m sure cheers them greatly. After all, you can often judge someone by their friends.
Paul Ryan on Chicago Teachers’ Strike: “We Stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel”
Tell me again what the differences between Democrats and Republicans are? All of this is coming from a party that used to strongly support unions and which got much of their support from unions too.
The teachers aren’t asking for that much. Yet the general tone of the mainstream media is to mock, deride, and marginalize the strike.
First Wisconsin. Then Occupy. Now Chicago. The teachers’ strike is the next chapter in the fight against plutocracy
The roots of the strike began when Emanuel announced his signature education initiative: extending Chicago’s school day. Overwhelmingly, Chicago’s teachers support lengthening the day, which is the shortest of any major district in the country. Just not the way Rahm wanted to ram it down their throats: 20 percent more work; 2 percent more pay.
He had already canceled a previously negotiated 4 percent cost-of-living raise.
“25 percent of the students in this city are never going to be anything, never going to amount to anything and he was never going to throw money at them,” th Teacher’s Union says Rahm told her.
Does anyone actually think Rahm cares about the kids?