Last week, the Chicago Teachers Union decided they were allowed to strike, in an attempt to push Chicago Public Schools administration to negotiate with them over longer school days and pay. Comedian Ed Flynn knows you might not understand how this situation became so heated. And as a self-described "uneducated" individual, he wants to clear up any confusion.
So far, negotiations have focused on issues related to compensation, like wages and benefits. But the union hopes that the strike authorization vote will push CPS to negotiate on other issues related to working conditions, like class size. Under state law, the district gets to decide whether or not such issues are “permissive subjects of bargaining.”
Chicago Public Schools is setting guidelines for a longer high school day for the 2012-13 year. CPS maintains that the district falls behind nationally in instructional hours. And that’s coupled with underperforming schools.
A major chunk of government deficits were derived from outstanding pension obligations; but the latest attempts to rethink Illinois’ pension system stalled. Both unions and politicians put up roadblocks to proposed legislation.