Chicago's War on Education
Corrupt union bosses pressured teachers to surrender.
by Stephen Lendman
Corrupt city officials and union bosses want teacher rights marginalized and kids denied education. It's longstanding policy.
War is waged on labor. Doing so harms parents and children. Public education's future is up for grabs. A nearly four century American tradition is disappearing.
It's on the chopping block for elimination. It's being commodified. It's being handed to corporate predators. They're concerned only about bottom line priorities. Teaching and learning don't matter.
On September 10, Chicago teachers walked out. By the time this article circulates, they may be back in classrooms. Since last November, they've been fighting stiff headwinds for justice.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants them marginalized and denied vital rights. Their own union bosses sold them out. They're on their own. They're mad. Some wear buttons showing a line drawn through Emanuel's face. Others carry signs saying "What's Rahm With You." Many know his "Rahmbo" nickname.
Longtime Chicago political strategist Don Rose said polls show he's on the wrong side of this issue. What's worse is he made it personal. He's a bully and shows it. His vitriol got angry teachers, parents and students angrier.
At the same time, unless they take matters into their own hands quickly, vital issues will be lost. It's down to the wire with little time left. Perhaps none 24 hours from now or sooner.
On September 17, Emanuel asked a county court to force teachers back in classrooms. He calls a lawful strike illegal. He makes ordinary scoundrels look respectable. He ought to be locked up instead of in City Hall.
Union spokeswoman Stephenie Gadlin called his injunction a "vindictive act." Industrial Relations Professor Gary Chaison said it's a "declaration of war." He doesn't think Emanuel understands that negotiating involves reaching agreement, not winning.
For his part, Emanuel is unapologetic. He's defiant and belligerent. He wants things his way. He believes he's boss, and what he says goes. His governing style is despotic. He likely wouldn't have been elected without process rigging on his behalf.
He reminds some of Mayor Richard J. Daley. He was boss for 20 years and let people know it.
Emanuel menaces most Chicagoans. He's the city's worst ever mayor. He governs by diktat authority. He serves privileged interests only. Ordinary people don't count. Worker exploitation is policy. Teachers are being hung out to dry. Kids are being denied futures.
It's happening across America from coast to coast. It's official federal, state, and local policy. Obama's in the forefront leading it. He's beholden to Wall Street, war profiteers, and other corporate favorites.