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Chicago Strike: It's Over

7:06 AM, Sep 19, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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The teachers, if you ask them, resisted the fearful boot of repression and struck a blow for worker's rights:

"I'm very excited. I miss my students. I'm relieved because I think this contract was better than what they offered," said America Olmedo, who teaches fourth- and fifth-grade bilingual classes. "They tried to take everything away." 

Chicago's teachers were among the nation's most highly paid before the strike and would have received raises in any case.  Hard to know exactly how "they" were attempting to "take everything away."  But the union movement feeds on a constant sense of grievance which might serve as a substitute for professional pride.  Chicago's teachers do an abysmal job of educating their students and struck, in part, so as not to be held accountable for their failures.

The teachers' antagonist in the strike, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, also claimed victory, calling the settlement “an honest compromise” that “means a new day and a new direction for the Chicago public schools. In past negotiations, taxpayers paid more, but our kids got less. This time, our taxpayers are paying less, and our kids are getting more.”

Most likely, they are both wrong. And others will pay the price.

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