Strike enters second week
With the Chicago Teachers Union deciding to continue its strike into a second week, things have heated up even past last week's boiling point. Mayor Rahm Emanuel filed an injunction against the teachers in Cook County Court this morning, arguing that the teachers walked out on "non-strikable issues"—meaning not based on salary complaints—and ordering them back to work. But this morning, Cook County Judge Peter Flynn declined to consider the injunction until Wednesday, which also happens to be the prospective first day of school, should the union accept the contract tomorrow.
I expected to find exasperation and frustration on Twitter this morning, but instead mostly found users continuing their support of the teachers, and condemning Rahm's tactics (generally, if your rep is as a bully, suing teachers isn't going to soothe that at all). If you're feeling like you want to talk through the issues surrounding the strike, education org Raise Your Hand Coalition is holding a roundtable for parents tomorrow night at 8pm. It's even at a bar, Gannon's Pub, 4264 N Lincoln Ave, since we know you need a drink.
— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) September 17, 2012
— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) September 17, 2012
Can we please go back to school sometime this week. Ugh #CTUstrike screwing up my senior yearrrr.
— Ashley Keltz (@Ashley_Keltz) September 17, 2012
The #CTUstrike IS a 'strike of choice'. It's a choice to choose kids, labor rights, anddignity over fear, desperation, and manipulation.
— Hope (@nwbtcw) September 17, 2012
— RayBeckerman (@RayBeckerman) September 17, 2012
Even though I lean to the anti-strike camp, as a lifelong existentialist I find the idea of "non-strikable issues" laughable. #CTUstrike
— Dan Sutter (@sutterdan) September 17, 2012
Does anyone need any further explanation of the problem with teachers' unions than their greed and power struggle in Chicago? #CTUStrike
— novaculus (@novaculus) September 17, 2012
— Nathan Cotter (@NathanCotter) September 17, 2012
— Carli (@gardengn0me) September 17, 2012
I'd like to thank the Chicago Teachers Union for making all my bright red Chicago Bulls t-shirts relevant during the off-season. #CTUStrike
— Dan Sully Sullivan (@dansullyrules) September 17, 2012