If you’d like to have something to talk about in Chicago, you can most certainly capitalize on the Chicago Teacher Union (CTU) strike because everyone in the Windy City knows the buzz. CTU president, Karen Lewis, fights with Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Today the papers claim Rahm is ready to sue. While the teachers’ are on strike, children are out of school.
But while everyone in Chicago, and frankly, the entire United States is witnessing the teachers’ whining, are the teachers themselves aware of the ungrateful attitude on display for their students and fellow countrymen in an economy where 23 million are unemployed?
All throughout the city, you can see teachers in matching red t-shirts, screaming. They literally are screaming. Even if you are in a tall building, you can hear the screaming. During the strike, they literally took to the streets and stopped traffic. While children need a place to go to get educated, their teachers are striking and causing disturbances to anyone and everyone else in Chicago trying to get on with their day. These public servants protest in matching shirts while carrying pumpkin spice lattes, and carrying summers off in their back pockets.
The average Chicago teacher’s annual salary is $76,000; members of the CTU are among the highest paid in the nation. Chicagoans with a college degree, according to the Illinois Policy Institute, median salary is $48,688 annually.
With unemployment at an all-time high, a broke state, and a pension deficient, maybe these teachers should stop their screaming and invest in an attitude of gratitude.