Essay on Teacher Strike

1442 Words Nov 10th, 2012 6 Pages
The impact of the 7 day Chicago Public School teacher strike is a complex problem for each stakeholder.
City officials, principals, teachers, parents and children all voice their frustrations and positions regarding the teacher strike. The strike was positioned as Emanuel vs. Lewis, but Lewis was contending with a union that installed her in order to take a more active stance and Emanuel’s plan, at least from publicly, was similarly aggressive. Inevitably, Emanuel and Lewis would meet. Consensus is that the CTU won, but Lewis admits that the actual contractual gains are unsatisfactory to her and the union. CTU came through over two decades of insufficiently strong (for the membership's desires) leadership, and
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The strike has effects on many stakeholders including teachers, principals, parents, government officials, neighborhood organizations, and students. While the Teachers Union President, Karen Lewis, goes to negotiate with the Board of Education President, David Vitale, teachers, parents, students and neighborhood organizations have and voice their stakes in this claim. Teachers hit the picket lines in protest while Union Officials stood at the negotiating table on their behalf. Many parents and children supported the teacher strike and protested with them. While parents, neighborhood organizations and grocers supported the strike by pitching in money, supplies, snacks and drinks, while many children carried handmade signs in support of the teacher’s union negotiating position. Some frustrated parents and children argued that teachers should get more money, give less testing to students so that the teachers will not get in trouble, officials should make schools safer, have smaller classrooms and some children admitted to misbehaving in larger classroom settings. Many concerned parents were frustrated with the number of days that education was lost due to the children having to endure the effects of this strike. Patrick O’ Conner the mayor’s City Council has hopes that

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