Chicago Schools Strike Incites Teachers Unions

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Chicago Schools Strike Incites Teachers Unions


Byline: Ben Wolfgang, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

With Chicago's ugly strike behind them, teachers unions are regrouping with a public relations blitz, meant to both repair a tarnished image and rally members who are under more fire than ever.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the parent organization of the Chicago Teachers Union, will hold town halls, workshops and other events in the coming weeks in New York, Philadelphia and nearly a dozen other major cities, the labor group announced Friday.

The move, analysts say, shows that unions aren't backing down after the Chicago strike, which lasted more than a week and grew out of a bitter battle with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over teacher evaluations, salaries and other issues.

Rather than unions' Waterloo, the Chicago walkout likely was a precursor of things to come.

Unless the balance of power changes, there will be another strike, said Jeanne Allen, president of the

Center for Education Reform and critic of teachers unions. Just because [Chicago] was the first strike in a while does not mean they're less interested in sticking to their guns. ... It's not yet to the point where there's outrage [among the public] to spark a revolution against this.

The strike was first time in more than 25 years that Windy City teachers walked off the job. The standoff with Mr. Emanuel, a former chief of staff for President Obama, was resolved with concessions from both sides.

Teachers will get an average 17.6 percent pay raise, significantly less than the 30 percent hike initially sought, over the next four years. The union successfully fought off Mr. Emanuel's efforts to have student test scores count for as much as 45 percent of teacher evaluations, negotiating the number down to no higher than 30 percent, according to terms of the deal.

Teachers also succeeded in resisting merit pay and maintaining seniority systems, while Mr. Emanuel pushed through an extended school day and year.

Labor may not have gotten all it wanted in the deal, but it still views the outcome in Chicago as a victory and an opportunity to reinforce its control over public education.

What's happened in Chicago has changed the conversation and shown that, by communities uniting and acting collectively, we can transform our schools and guarantee every child the high-quality public education he or she deserves, said AFT President Randi Weingarten. Now let's hope this turns the page to a new chapter in education reform.

Building public support is crucial to teachers unions' long-term strategy for two reasons. One, states and local governments simply can't afford to push through controversial reforms - such as Mr. Emanuel's teacher evaluation effort, backed by the Obama administration - by offering lucrative pay increases. …

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