Public school Teachers Strike in Chicago Strike for the First Time in 25 Years, What About the Children, 400K Students Affected?
What ever happened to Barack Obama’s shared sacrifice? I guess the public schools teacher union did not get that memo in Chicago.
For the first time in 25 years the Chicago Teachers Union, CTU, has gone out on strike in the city of Chicago affecting 675 public schools and 400,000 students. However, the city’s 118 charter schools are not affected by a strike. When Democrats attack Democrats. This should be interesting to see how Democrat Mayor an former Obama Cabinet member Rahm Emanuel deals with this issue.
Rahm says cut back, we say fight back,” picketers chanted this morning outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis announced late Sunday night that weekend talks had failed to resolve all the union’s issues. “We have failed to reach an agreement that will prevent a labor strike,” she said. “No CTU members will be inside of our schools Monday.”
Teachers want a 16% pay raise across the board over the next 4 years. Wow, I bet a lot of Americans would like this type of guarantee whether they did their job or not. There is just one problem, they are already operating at a $1 billion deficit.
The school board’s last offer included a three percent raise the first year and two percent raises the next three years — a slight increase from an earlier offer of two percent raises in each of the next four years.
The package, which would cost $400 million, keeps increases for experience and credentials with some modifications.
Vitale said the contract amounted to a 16 percent raise over four years for the average teacher when factoring other increases. And the raises could not be rescinded for lack of funds — which is what happened this past school year, angering teachers and helping to set the stage for Monday’s strike.
“This is not a small commitment we’re making at a time when your fiscal situation is really challenged,” Vitale said. A $1 billion deficit awaits the system at the end of this school year, officials have estimated. And the district drained its reserve funds to plug this year’s budget.
The Crying Game … Lefty Wingnut Cries Like a Baby to CNN After Huge Union Loss in Wisconsin Recall Election Loss to Gov. Scott Walker … “Democracy Died Tonight”
Didn’t anyone tell the Left moonbats in Wisconsin that there is No Crying in Recall Elections?
Check out the VIDEO below of the liberal emotional meltdown from The Blaze. Wow, after so this is the death of Democracy, eh? You mean the fact that the Left, Democrats and labor unions lost to Gov. Scott Walker in 2010 and then did so again in 2012 by an even larger margin? Dude, as Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch said last night, “This is what democracy looks like”. The people of Wisconsin have spoke not once, but twice.
The Left and labor unions over-reached in a big way and got burned. There should never shave been a recall election. All the unions and the poor sport Leftist Democrats did was cost the Wisconsin tax payers money. To what purpose, because they did not agree with Walker? Sorry, but elections have consequences. An overwhelming majority of Wisconsinites believe that recall elections should be reserved to corruption and major misconduct by politicians, not when a party cops an attitude because they lost.
So why is the dude crying above, because labor unions lost in a major way.The weepy man above might want to recalculate the amount that unions poured into the recall election. According to The Hill it was $10 million.
Organized labor suffered a crushing blow with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) victory in Tuesday’s recall, a possible sign of their fading power and a worrying result for union supporters ahead of November’s election.
“They picked a fight they weren’t able to win,” said Gary Chaison, a labor expert at Clark University. “This shows them at their weakest. They’ll try to put a happy face on this but this is nothing less than a calamity for them.”
Unions combined to spend more than $10 million on the race and were the driving force behind the recall effort. But even in Wisconsin, long a bastion for organized labor and the birthplace of public employee unions, they couldn’t defeat a governor whose defining achievement was stripping public workers of their collective bargaining rights
Is the tide changing in Wisconsin with regards to the recall vote of embattled Governor Scott Walker? Have the unions and Democrats overplayed their hand? According to the most recent Rasmussen poll, Gov. Walker leads Democrat challenger Barrett, 50% to 45%. In an April 2012 poll 52% supported the recall of Walker; however, there appears to be a trend in just the opposite direction.
Embattled Republican Governor Scott Walker holds a five-point lead over his newly nominated Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in Wisconsin’s special recall election.
A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey shows that 50% of the state’s Likely Voters prefer Walker while 45% choose Barrett. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate and another two percent (2%) are undecided.
Also as reported at The Weekly Standard, Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, found the exact same results (Walker 50%, Barrett 45%) when it polled the Wisconsin recall race in April [...] but the good news for Walker is that he has an 8-point lead among independent voters.
Wisconsin Democrats have nominated Barrett to face Walker in the June 5 recall vote. This race is going to be an important indicator for the 2012 elections. Do unions still have any strength in a potential battleground state and who will win, the GOP or Democrats, in a battleground state heading into the November 2012 U.S. presidential elections? Look for polls to shift following this recall vote.
Barack Obama Invites Union Boss AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka & GE Chairman Jeffrey Immelt as VIP Guests
Before President Barack Obama utters one word of his jobs speech in front of a joint session of Congress, we need to look no further than to see who will be sitting next to Michelle Obama in the VIP box. Can you believe Union boss, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka & GE Cahirman Jeffrey Immelt.
Unbelievable, do we really need to listen to the speech? No union thugs here, or maybe not. What a crock. Isn’t Jeffrey Immelt of GE the poster boy for companies that Obama speaks of where loops holes need to be closed as GE paid no corporate taxes last year. Is this the guy that should really be in the VIP box?
This is turning into a State of the Union-like event.
The White House has announced that nearly two dozen guests will sit with first lady Michelle Obama to watch President Obama deliver his jobs speech to a joint session of Congress.
The list of business, labor and political leaders includes GE Chairman Jeffrey Immelt, AOL co-founder Steve Case, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
Barack Obama Putting Party Before Country … Proud of Jimmy Hoffa for his War on Tea Party, Those Son’s of Bitches … Hoffa Says He Has No Regrets
Barack Obama … the Hypocrite in Chief.
President Barack Obama might want to take his own words to heart when it comes to over the top political rhetoric and partisan politics. But if he did, that would make him a leader, not a hypocrite. Barack Obama talks about how the GOP should put Country before Party. How come the same is not true of Barack Obama? Where is your apology for what happened yesterday when Obama spoke to union members in Detroit, MI?
Was it really appropriate for James Hoffa Jr to attack the GOP and the Tea Party by saying “Let’s take these son’s of bitches out”? Really Mr. President? Then you followed his rebel rousing and said nothing of your so-called request for civility? How does Obama expect to work together with “the enemy” that union labor declared war on yesterday? To make matters worse, at a separate event, VP Joe Biden said to union workers, “You are the only folks keeping the barbarians from the gates”.
Where is the apology and condemnation President Barack Obama? 3 … 2 … 1 … we are waiting. Instead, after calling for civility, Barack Obama and the WH remains silent. No double standard and hypocrisy here. However, there was a comment from Jimmy Hoffa, from the Gateway Pundit via Weasel Zippers … Hoffa stated that he had no regrets for his comments.
Teamsters union president James Hoffa would say it all again if he could, he told TPM Monday.
Hoffa riled up Fox News and the right wing Monday with a Labor Day speech in Detroit in which he called Republican members of Congress “sons of bitches” and said union workers are ready to “go to war” with the tea party next year and “take out” Republicans at the ballot box.
Hoffa said he’d say the exact same words all over again.
As pathetic as Hoffa’s comments are, at least he had the cojones to say something, unlike Obama who hides in the White House and refuses to make a comment one way or the other regarding the “taking the son’s of bitches out” comment. Mum is the word.
UPDATE I: This morning on Fox & Friends, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz also played the role of the coward and said nothing. She refused to comment of the “son’s of bitches” comment and only wanted to talk about working together to create jobs. Debbie, do you really think any one can work together when your “Army” is ready to take out the GOP and Tea Party? Unbelievable that the head of the DNC and the White House cannot respond. Actually not unbelievable, TYPICAL!
WATCH THE VIDEO OF DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ FROM REAL CLEAR POLITICS.
Barack Obama’s Civility, a President of the People? Will Obama Condemn Hoffa & Biden for Calling Republicans/Tea Party Barbarians & Son’s of Bitches?
DEMOCRAT CIVILITY … CALLING THE GOP AND TEA PARTY BARBARIANS AND SONS OF BITCHES … BARACK OBAMA, THE DIVIDER IN CHIEF.
America … is this the “Hope & Change” you voted for? Just curious Barack Obama … would this be an example of You putting Party before Country?
It would appear that Barack Obama, Joe Biden nor James Hoffa Jr. could care less about 9 year old Christina Taylor Green. For that matter, the Democrat party. Would a President of all the people allow such hostility and hate to be spewed prior to their own speech? The answer is no and thus the reason why Obama is nothing more than a partisan hack beholden to Big Labor Unions.
Just this past weekend during his Weekly Presidential Address Barack Obama called for Congress to skip the political posturing. Of course we also remember when Obama said at the Tuscan, AZ Memorial following the senseless killings of six innocent individuals including 9 year old Christina Taylor Green.
I believe we can be better. Those who died here, those who saved lives here – they help me believe. We may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but I know that how we treat one another is entirely up to us. I believe that for all our imperfections, we are full of decency and goodness, and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us.
However, after months of Democrats calling the Tea Party and Republicans racists, Nazis, supporting racism and telling them they can go to hell … today President Barack Obama showed his true colors and why America does not consider him a leader of “We the People”.
At a Labor Day speech in Detroit, Michigan that was said by the WH not to be a political campaign speech, was nothing but. Prior to Obama’s partisan speech to a crowd of union workers, Jimmy Hoffa Jr. riled up the union masses by saying the following,“President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.” Only to be followed up by Joe Biden, the VP of the United States acting in a partisan manner, “You Are The Only Folks Keeping The Barbarians From the Gates.” Nice partisan comments from Biden at an AFL-CIO event in Ohio.
This President is a joke. He tells Republicans to put country before party and then attends a pro-Union Labor Day political rally where insults are made toward the GOP. Barack Obama has no credibility. The UK Telegraph asks whether Barack Obama is going to condemn the comments made by Hoffa and Biden. Condemn? He embraced them.
Barack Obama’s Labor Day … Pandering to Unions in Detroit … What a Partisan, Political Hack … Hoffa Says to Obama, “Let’s Take These Son Of Bitches Out”
Barack Obama’s Labor Day … nothing more than a partisan, political campaign speech. NICE LABOR DAY CIVILITY BARACK.
Define Irony … Barack Obama having the nerve top make a speech on labor day when 14 million Americans are out of work.
Today President Barack Obama spoke on Labor Day, not to Americans, but to Labor Unions and workers. Wasn’t it just the other day that this partisan hack said that Washington, DC needed to have less political posturing? This is why Obama is a total and complete failure, he is not a leader of the people … he only cares for a select few. Barack Obama sees America as the United States of Unions, not the United Sates of America. Michelle Malkin reminds us of Obama’s Unions Top 10 Thug moments of the Year.
Remember in 2008 when Barack Obama said that this is not about red states, its not about blue states, its about the United States. Really? Sorry Barack … you are only about your political ideology, not about Americans. I wonder how non-union Americans feel about this beholden union President? Wait, more union thuggery for Michelle Malkin occurred today … this might go to the head of the list.
This is just unbelievable if you think about it. It was Barack Obama who called for civility, yet at an Obama event today in Detroit, MI Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa said that Watch the unreal VIDEO at Real Clear Politics. Get a good glimpse America of the name calling and viciousness that is going to come from Team Obama for the 2012 Presidential campaign. Obama cannot run on his record of job growth, spending, lowering unemployment or Obamacare. When a President has failed on every objective … all they have is name calling and mud slinging.
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We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They’ve got a war, they got a war with us and there’s only going to be one winner. It’s going to be the workers of Michigan, and America. We’re going to win that war,” Jimmy Hoffa Jr. said to a heavily union crowd.
“President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong,” Hoffa added.
WHERE IS THE CIVILITY THAT OBAMA HAS ASKED FOR?
So Barack Obama has no problem with this kind of speech? Hoffa was the opening act to Obama today. How divisive could an American President possibly be? Hoffa called for a war on Republicans for jobs. Really sir, because you boy Barack Obama has done what exactly for job growth in America? A note to Hoffa, union workers ain’t the only workers in America. Those Tea Party folks that you are so quick to call names work as well. As a matter of fact, more individual in America are non-Union than union workers.
How pathetic is Jimmy Hoffa and the unions. What America really thinks its the Tea Party’s fault why 14 million Americans are out of work, there is 9.1% unemployment and there was ZERO job growth in August 2011? It is President Barack Obama, the first elected black President, who resides over the worst black unemployment rate in 27 years.
BARACK OBAMA HAS BEEN AN EPIC FAILURE AND THE 2012 CAMPAIGN FROM THIS WH IS GOING TO BE UGLY.
ON WISCONSIN … Once again as Meatloaf sings, two out of three ain’t bad … especially when it means that GOP wins recall election in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Recall Election, part 1 is over and the Republicans win a huge victory in a “BLUE” state. Republicans won 4 of 6 elections and retained power by a 17-16 margin, GOP holds Districts 2, 10, 14 & 8 and Retain Senate! It is an even bigger win for the Tea Party and a colossal loss for Democrats and unions.It was billed by Democrats as a referendum on Gov. Scott Walkers efforts to reduce union
Democrats won two state Senate seats in Tuesday’s historic recall elections, but failed to capture a third seat that would have given them control of the chamber.
By keeping a majority in the Senate, Republicans retained their monopoly on state government because they also hold the Assembly and governor’s office. Tuesday’s elections narrowed their majority – at least for now – from 19-14 to a razor-thin 17-16.
Republicans may be able to gain back some of the losses next week, when two Democrats face recall elections.
Democrats had hoped to block the Republican agenda by taking control of the Senate in the recall elections, but the GOP should be able to continue to advance its agenda.
How big a loser were unions, as pointed out by the Gateway Pundit, they spent ten’s of millions of dollars in the recall effort that went up in smoke.
What a huge victory for the GOP in a Blue, Blue state and a massive loss for Democrats. In many districts voting was on par with a presidential election. So what does this tell us … Wisconsin is now a battle ground state for the 2012 election from what was once sure Democrat win. The once birthplace of Progressivism, is not a battle ground state with a huge Tea Party victory. Who needs polls, the people have voted and Obama is in deep trouble in 2012.
As stated at the LA Times, the Cheese head voters gave the GOP a mandate in the 2010 election and just reinforced that mandate last night in the GOP recall vote. Sorry Democrats, as your misleader Obama has stated in the past, elections have consequences.
UNBELIEVABLE, THEIR HYPOCRISY KNOWS NO BOUND …
Take a look at one of Time magazine latest articles regarding the battle in Wisconsin between Republican Gov. Walker and the unions, ‘Wisconsin’s Governor Wins But Is He Still Dead Man Walker’? Because this is completely appropriate.
Um, “Dead Man Walker”, a play on dead man walking. Exactly how does this play with President Obama’s call for civility following the shooting in Tuscon, AZ? Can any one imagine the out cry and calls for heads to roll if the conservative media made such a comment? Libs had complained about bulls-eyes and targets, yet “DEAD MAN WALKER” is perfectly ok. Yup, no double standard or hypocrisy here.
The state capitol of Wisconsin had taken on an eerie quiet on Friday. Gone were the throngs of protesters who occupied its marble floors like a campground in summer. The midnight honking of cars circling the white building had ceased. The chalk “dead man” outlines etched with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s name on the sidewalks remained in dismembered parts, incompletely washed away by clean-up hoses.
Who thinks this is appropriate?
Wisconsin Unions and Democrats Lose as Senate Voted Wednesday Night to End Nearly all Collective Bargaining Rights from Public Workers
It has finally happened … the Wisconsin Senate passed the Union bill that strips nearly all collective bargaining rights for public workers, without the presence of the Democrat “Fleebaggers. As reported by the AP, the union bill passed 18-1.
The bill had been stymied after all 14 Senate Democrats fled to Illinois three weeks ago, preventing the chamber from having enough members present to pass it. Walker introduced it to plug a $137 million budget shortfall.
The Senate requires a quorum of 20 to take up any measures that spend money. But a special committee of lawmakers from the Senate and Assembly voted late Wednesday afternoon to take all the spending measures out of the legislation and the Senate approved it minutes later, 18-1.
It’s Finally over as the fleebagger are left out in the cold, or Illinois.
Video Hat Tip: The Gateway Pundit
The reaction from Unions … from J-S Online, AFL-CIO says GOP used ‘nuclear option’. However, it is king of hard for those on the LEFT to cry fowl, when 14 Democrat “fleebaggers”ran away from their jobs as Wisconsin Senators and hid out in Illinois. “Rigged the vote”? Who was it that tried to circumvent the democrat process by hiding.
Said Neuenfeldt: “Republicans have exercised the nuclear option to ram through their bill attacking Wisconsin’s working families in the dark of night. (Gov.) Walker and the Republicans acted in violation of state open meetings laws, and tonight’s events have demonstrated they will do or say anything to pass their extreme agenda that attacks Wisconsin’s working families.”