The strike will occur this fall if the city’s school system doesn’t meet their demands, which are: A 20% pay raise, a 4% pay raise they claim was stolen from them, and then another 5% pay raise on top of that. Chicago has been on Time’s list of America’s most bankrupt cities since 2010.*The average Chicago teacher already makes just shy of $75,000 per year.
*The new proposed school day would increase to 7 hours for elementary and 7.5 hours for higher grades, and would increase the school year to 180 days.
*Chicago public school administrators make, on average, $120,659.
As the article reports, the average private worker in Chicago makes about $53,000, works 250 days a year and probably more than 8 hours a day. Their salary is taxed to pay the teachers.
Obama says if we just had more teachers everything would be good. Obama says the private sector is doing fine.
UPDATE: O on the needs of the poor public workers-