September Surprise in Chicago
Hold the cheers. Strike continuing look short-lived.
by Stephen Lendman
September 17 marks Occupy Wall Street's first anniversary. Appropriate activities are planned. At issue are popular over money power rights.
They matter everywhere. Chicago teachers demand them. So do parents and kids. September 17 marks day eight since strike action began.
City and union bosses want a bad deal approved. So far, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) House of Delegates (HoD) members said no. On Sunday, they voted to keep striking. They want time for more information on contract terms. More on what's going on below.
On September 17, the Chicago Tribune headlined "Chicago teachers strike continues, Emanuel says he will sue to force end," saying:
An apparent deal unraveled. On Sunday, HoD members surprised. "Get it right," they chanted! It's woefully short and then some.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel tried bullying tactics, saying:
"I will not stand by while the children of Chicago are played as pawns in an internal dispute within a union."
"I have instructed the City's Corporation Counsel to work with the General Counsel of Chicago Public Schools to file an injunction in circuit court to immediately end this strike and get our children back in the classroom."
"I have also asked the President of the Board of Education, David Vitale, and the CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Jean-Claude Brizard, to explore every action possible to get our kids back into a classroom or educational facility."
Emanuel is both politician and corporate predator. He's contemptuous of rights teachers, parents and kids deserve. He wants Chicago public education destroyed.
He wants it commodified into another business profit center. Teaching and learning don't matter. Bottom line priorities count most.
Workers have only their labor to withhold. Strikes are legally and morally justified. Rights aren't handed them. Hard fought struggles win them. There's no other way.