The Logan Square subway station on Labor Day morning. Red shirts heading down to the CTU rally.
It is a beautiful Fall-like morning in Chicago. A slight chill in the air, but the sky is cloudless and blue.
Last night we sat on the lawn at Ravinia and listened to Yo Yo Ma and The Knights play Schumann. The air was cool and damp last night too. But the sound of Yo Yo Ma’s cello was magical.
There is a guy on the Logan Square list serve who I have never met. He plays the role of the cranky old man chasing the kids off his lawn.
Yesterday he posted his take on the Chicago teachers contract negotiations:
I get it. To hell with the tax payers. What did the teachers do to earn 16% over
the last four years while our fire & police only got 2% a year? Hold the line
on wages. I’m tired of the school system taking the max year after year from my
taxes. I never had a child in the Chicago school system so why should I pay
taxes for it. Work the other issues out and stay on the job. You want to strike.
Then strike. Your just lucky this is not Wisconsin and if you keep up then the
people will vote in a state government and do what Wisconsin did. I support the
teachers but anything more than 2% in this economy is greed.
– Joe Kopera
Now, Joe has a similar take on most social issues and most readers of the neighborhood list serve know to generally avoid engagement.
The picture I have at the beginning of this post gives you an idea of the views of most of Joe’s neighbors. The Logan Square stop on the CTA was filled with red shirts last Monday morning, all heading down to the huge rally in support of the teachers. We turned the Blue Line into the Red Line.
One Logan Square reader just couldn’t restrain herself however.
I will be at my son’s school on Monday morning with my children in tow teaching them about standing up for yourself. I will also be teaching them about child labor laws and discussing how government works. I think it will be a great civics lesson. And I know that my children will make up their time in June. Slightly inconvenient but if this yields a contract that allows our teachers who I entrust my children with every day a better working environment then I can postpone my vacation plans.
I hope parents will come out in full force and please don’t forget to call JC Brizard and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and ask them to settle with the teachers which will allow our children to get back in the classroom quicker.
And then there was this on the list serve from my friend and neighbor Robin Potter.
Dear Neighbors: I am the General Counsel to the Chicago Teachers Union. Join with us and tens of thousands of teachers, parents and students to insure we have the Schools Chicago’s Students deserve. Check out our website to get accurately info or to get involved: http://www.ctunet.com/.
Today’s Tribune reports that an organization of Wall Street hedge fund managers is demonstrating against the Union and our children. Hedge fund managers do not teach our children. http://www.ctunet.com/
Logan Square is with the teachers.
Probably not Joe though.