The CTU strike vote, Jonah Edelman and sweet revenge.
“Hey, hey, ho, ho. Rahm Emanuel’s got to go!”
One of the things I am most proud of as a blogger was how a bunch of us dragged that little weasel, Jonah Edelman and his Stand for Children organization, out from the shadows a year ago.
They’re still around, of course. They are still doing their weasel work.
But Edelman came into town like a snake in the grass, handing out checks to legislators and kissing Madigan’s butt. And with the cooperation of IEA Executive Director Audrey Soglin and then-IEA President Ken Swanson, worked to get Senate Bill 7 passed through the legislature.
The little snot then went flying off to Aspen and gave a lecture on how to screw unions with the cooperation of the union leaders themselves. The lecture was taped and with the help of a few other education bloggers and techies, we got the tape online before Aspen had a chance to scrub it from their web site.
It caused Edelman and the IEA leadership great embarrassment. Which they deserved. Edelman ended up writing an apology and sending it to this blog.
What he apologized for was his big mouth. Not for what he did to teachers.
One of the things that Edelman described in the video was how the IEA leaders threw the CTU under the wheels of a Metra train. Senate Bill 7 contained a special clause just for the CTU: Any strike authorization vote would need 75% of the members. Not just 75% of those voting. But 75% of all the members.
This was part of the anti-union agenda of Edelman and Stand for Children. Edelman wanted a no-strike clause. But he was satisfied, figuring that 75% was too high a hurdle for the CTU to jump over.
What he didn’t figure on was Rahm Emanuel.
Rahm has so angered the teachers in this city that unofficial preparatory straw polls in the city’s schools have been running 90% in favor of a strike.
In fact, Rahm is so despised by the city’s educators that the most popular chant at last week’s massive demonstration of 5,000 in the Loop was, “Hey, hey, ho, ho. Rahm Emanuel’s got to go!”