Chicago Union March Pits Leftist against Leftist

If you’re wondering whether public school teachers unions have gone full-blown communist, wonder no more.

The Chicago teachers Union took to the streets on Wednesday with signs and chants of the proletariat. Yet, with liberal Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the helm, what could possibly be the problem?

The problem is that liberals’ speeches, slogans, and promises made by politicians doesn’t pay the bills. And the bills are piling up. According to EAGnews, the union’s present contract expires on June 30, and the Chicago Public School (CPS) system “currently faces a $1.1 billion budget gap for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, leaving doubt as to whether or not it will be able to pay the $634 million due to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund on June 30.” That’s a sizable shortfall.

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And to add insult to injury, the CPS is asking the union to take a 7% pay cut and shell out more for health insurance. I wonder if any of the union members, of which probably 99.9% voted for Obama, will blame him for the increase in health insurance costs?

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Needless to say, the union isn’t taking too kindly to the city’s request that they give money back. That’s not how it’s supposed to work in the public sector.

So they’re taking to the streets, sporting signs that read “Payout? No thanks” and “Take the Money from the banks!” And, of course, the ever popular Occupy Wall Street slogan, “the 1% owes us,” all while chanting, “This Means War,” and claiming the public schools are “broke on purpose.”

“The union alleges CPS manufactured its current financial crisis by investing in high-risk bonds spending $20.5 million on a no-bid contract to train school principals,” writes EAG. “The contract was awarded to former CPS superintendent Barbara Byrd-Bennett’s previous employer. Byrd-Bennett resigned this month as federal investigators are looking into the deal.”

Imagine that – a public official in Chicago that just may be a crook. There’s a shocker!

According to In These Times, a teacher from West Englewood, Holly Charles, told protesters, “I’m bringing toilet paper from home, having to mop my own floor. There’s not enough money for janitors. But I bet if you head into any of the CPS headquarters, you’ll find toilet paper and clean floors there.” I’ll bet she’s right about that.

Now I feel for some of these teachers who are really trying, but a lot of them are just “workers of the world unite” types. There was even a photograph taken of a white man, assumed to be a teacher, within a sea of black union members, sporting a Che Guevara
T-shirt. And no one appeared to be bothered by this. I guess ignorance is bliss.

Normally, I would be disgusted by this ridiculous display of thousands of public sector union hacks, but this time, there is a twinge of wicked delight in one group of leftists pitting itself against another.

And behind, or out in front, of the union movement, is their president Karen Lewis who, according to EAG news, “is trying to create a class warfare movement out of the situation.” In true “workers of the world” fashion, shouting to her members, she said, “Sisters and brothers, the sea of red means something, not just in Chicago, not just nationwide, but worldwide. You have to remember that what you’re fighting for is not just a fair contract. It is the history of fair contracts. And if we have a chance, this is it.”

It sounds to me as if she’s not really working for her members, but for the worldwide Communist movement. Marx and Engels would be proud.

The sad part is that no matter how this turns out – no matter who wins – there will certainly be a loser, and that will be the 400,000 students of the pitiful Chicago school system.

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