By Kyle Olson
CHICAGO – During a Veterans Day protest – which focused on school closings, not the service of veterans – Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey said the union would go after the school board and there would be “no peace” in the city if the board follows through on a plan to close 100 underperforming unionized schools.
On the heels of a successful strike, the union is attempting to capitalize on its momentum by halting the closing of the schools. Sharkey told the assembled Action Now (formerly known as ACORN) shock troops, unionists and media:
“We’re here to serve notice to the appointed board that if you close our schools, we are coming after you! We’re here to serve notice to the billionaires that hope to fund the closing of our schools that if you come after our schools, we will expose you! And we are here to serve notice to the elected officials that if you close our schools, there will be no peace in this city!”
It’s obvious the recent contract (with a very nice raise) the union received wasn’t good enough. Its war with the city, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his board of education will not stop until the union gets all it wants.
Only one question remains: Will Emanuel stand his ground and put some of these awful schools out of their misery, or will he cave into these demands, too?