Parents Talk: Would You Support a Teacher Strike?
In Chicago, teachers returned to the classroom after a seven-day teachers strike. How would you feel if that happened here?
Teachers in Chicago public schools and 350,000 students returned to class on Wednesday, after a seven-day teachers strike.
On Tuesday, the union voted to call off the strike after negotiating a contract in that will secure them a double-digit salary increase over the next three years, including raises for cost of living while maintaining other increases for experience and advanced education, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The union did not get the 30 percent base raise it wanted initially, but the group was happy with some of the other results: no merit pay, stopped more stringent requirements in a new teacher evaluation system and secured a recall policy for top-performing teachers who are laid off because of school closings.
Although many community members agreed with the teachers in the Chicago area, there's no denying that the students should have been in school for those seven days.
If a similar situation happened in Minnesota, would you support the teachers or be furious that they were not doing their jobs? Tell us with a comment!