Ted was on The Chicago Way with John Kass and Jeff Carlin talking with them about the Chicago teachers contract fight and what it means for ordinary Chicagoans. Ted explained that it’s Chicago politicians who are to blame for the Chicago Teachers Union’s militancy.
When the union strikes, when its leadership throws a tantrum, politicians don’t stand firm. They appease and enable the union, instead.
Some highlights from the interview:
“Chicago teachers already have some of the highest salaries, so what the CTU is looking for is incredible, but why is it happening? Because the bigger problem is that our politicians have enabled them. What that means is, the union strikes, it throws a tantrum, and what do politicians do? They appease them.”
“I liken this a lot to “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and Veruca Salt, the little girl who wanted everything. “Daddy, Daddy, I want this I want that” and he immediately would pull out his checkbook and buy it for her. That’s enabling. So was she the problem, or was he the problem? Most adults would look at the dad and say he’s the problem, he’s the enabler.”
“Our laws enable CTU to bargain like they do. The laws enable CTU to strike. The laws allow them to argue over things like how much free time kids get in class. It’s gone too far. So it we really want to point the fingers it’s the politicians who give in, who benefit and who work with the CTU hand in hand.”
Click to listen (interview begins at 7:25)
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- Is Lori Lightfoot ready for a potential Chicago teachers strike?
- How Springfield Should Authorize Lightfoot To Negotiate With the CTU (But Won’t)
- Chicago’s Lightfoot demands a state taxpayer bailout, then offers CTU a 5-year contract, 14% raise?
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