-By Warner Todd Huston
One of the main reasons that the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is striking is over what they consider the “insult” of a mere 16 percent offered pay raise. They want a 30 percent raise. But Chicago’s teachers already make an average $76,000 a year as it is!
Chicago-based Taxpayers United of America recently noted that even a four percent raise was allotted Chicago’s teachers that raise would bring their average salary from $76K per year to nearly $90K!
“Huge raises have been offered to striking teachers. Four percent raises per year would take the average salary of Chicago government-school teachers from $76,000 to $88,900 by 2016. The teachers union is still keeping its exact demands under wraps.”
“Where is this additional money going to come from? From Chicago taxpayers, of course, by way of significant hikes in their property taxes. Mayor Emanuel is supporting a $340+ million property tax increase on the middle class and poor.”
“It’s time Chicago taxpayers demand that Mayor Emanuel fire striking teachers rather than saddling them with more property tax increases. Using his unlimited home rule powers, and working with the Democrats controlling the Illinois General Assembly to eliminate tenure, he could replace these greedy public employees with qualified teachers who care more for children than their own pocketbooks.”
Taxpayers United of America also recently released a document showing the top 100 teachers salaries in Chicago which includes an art teacher that made $234,386, a chemistry teacher that made $188,777, and a “resources” teacher that made $149,815 last year.
Pretty heady pay, isn’t it?
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