Ald. Sue Sadlowski Garza: “How can Rahm say teachers must share the burden?”

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Ald. Alderman Susan Sadlowski Garza (left).

-Special to this blog from 10th Ward Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza

How can Rahm say teachers must share the burden?

Educators are working with little or no resources, 40 students to a classroom, no social emotional support for students, 13 standardized tests a year, buildings that are falling apart while more money is given to build new charters, longer school days, less resources, Aarmark`s half ass custodian service leaving our schools and classrooms filthy.

Hundreds if not thousands of dollars spent from teachers’ own pockets to provide materials for their classrooms.

Downtown the board expands their staff while they cut teachers from positions.

What other profession gives so much and then is asked to take a pay cut? None that I know of.

The Mayor should be advocating for the teachers of Chicago. Instead he turns his back and blames them for this mess.

Shamful Rahm. Just shameful.

STAND STRONG CTU.

5 thoughts on “Ald. Sue Sadlowski Garza: “How can Rahm say teachers must share the burden?”

  1. Let me understand this then. The district picks up almost 80% of teachers contributions to pensions in lieu of smaller raises? Over how long of a period of time? Even if it was something that was ironed out as a contract issue it seems to be a pretty darn good perk considering the rest of us pay 8.5% or more.

    • How do you figure Jack? It’s not a “perk.” It’s simply negotiated compensation. I don’t know who the “rest of us” is. There are tons of school districts around the state that have bargained exactly the same compensation package: In lieu of a direct salary increase, the board picks up part or all of the employee’s pension contribution. It’s not a “damn good perk” as you can see now. Compensation in the form of salary is always more secure than any benefit. It is much harder to take back direct compensation than to make cuts in the district’s share of health insurance for example. Don’t fall for the hype.

  2. SUE’S CORRECT! NOT ONLY DOES HE WANT TEACHERS & STAFF TO CONTRIBUTE MORE TO THEIR OWN PENSIONS BUT WANTS THEM TO TAKE -DE FACTO – PAY CUTS AND INSURANCE CUTS. THE TRUE BURDEN IS ON THE CHILDREN/STUDENTS.
    RAHM NEEDS TO ALLOW MORE AND AUTHENTIC PARTICIPATION BY THE UNION IN BOARD POLICY AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT.
    RAHM CONTINUES TO PROVIDE HIS MASSIVE CONTRIBUTION TO THE PLANNED AND MANUFACTURED FAILURE OF THIS CITY’S EDUCATION SYSTEM.

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