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world with end

Where is this money coming from? Oh, that’s right, it’s coming from the taxpayer. The union continues to think that the taxpayer has infinitely deep pockets. Chicago’s population gets smaller and smaller mostly because of ever-increasing taxes and user fees, keeping the death spiral in high gear.

Also, don’t the teachers get step increases, too? If so, the real salary progression per year would be closer to five percent, which is greater than what the vast majority of American workers get and unsustainable by the taxpayer.

nixit

You’re right. Step increases are can be as much as 4%, although the steps cap out at some point.

The media doesn’t know how to report pay increases, reporting only COLA and not the step increase. It makes it seem like the teachers are barely keeping up with inflation.