Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Clinton, Trump burned in Iowa. CTU says no to Rahm's contract offer

The voters sent a clear message that income inequality weighed on their minds, with more than one in four Democratic voters saying the issue was the most important facing the nation, according to surveys of voters leaving the polls. -- New York Times
Impressive win for Bernie... He's finished dead-even in Iowa. Split the delegates. 6 coin flips was Clinton's margin of victory. Did somebody check the coin?

A SmallTalk Salute goes out to Bernie's campaign field workers and organizers, many who drove out from Chicago, who out-organized Clinton's team. I don't know this, but I'm guessing there were lots of teachers doing Bernie's door-knocking and caucus debating despite premature Clinton endorsements by AFT and NEA.

Yesterday marked significant losses for Wall Street-backed Clinton and Trump. Imagine if there were no Citizens United or SuperPACs. Sanders would have romped. Sanders' average donation was $28, an amount that will allow him to return to his contributors for more money during the spring. Only a few hundred of his 1 million individual donors gave the maximum of $2,700 for the primary.

Look for a major Clinton staff shake-up following this debacle.

Trump showed he's all blow and no go. It's one thing to hold a rallies or appeal on talk shows to the same tiny wing-nut hard core, cheering your every fascistic, militaristic, racist and misogynistic cliche. Big Republican money may now go to Rubio as the only hope to save the party. Not much hope there.

CTU Big Bargaining Team unanimously rejects board's first "serious" contract offer. Tells Rahm to sharpen his pencil. That's why they call it COLLECTIVE bargaining.

S-T columnist Mark Brown is miffed. He can't understand why CTU members aren't all giddy and jumping for joy over Rahm/Claypool first offer in over a year. Of course, Brown hasn't read the contract offer. Nor does he have to live with the results. He criticizes CTU Pres. Karen Lewis for not leading her members by the nose.
There are times when union membership has to be led. 
He obviously doesn't know CTU.
Looking at it from the other side, how does schools CEO Forrest Claypool and his team negotiate with a union bargaining committee that can’t confidently speak for its members?
Brown should be asking, how the CTU membership can trust anything Claypool says or does? Remember, teachers and staff will have to live with this contract for the next four years. If Rahm doesn't want another strike, which would be another coffin nail in his political future, he'll have to come back with a better offer.


  1. I am soooooooo tired of columnists & journalists (are there any real ones these days, outside of David Sirota & some others?)who assume to know what ticks within the CTU, or the everyday horrors perpetrated upon our kids, parents & teachers at CPS (& others, like Detroit). I would really not be surprised if CTU decided to file a lawsuit, much like that of Detroit teachers. Aramark=filthy schools; ventilation problems (too hot, too cold, schools evacuated due to faulty boilers).And then I read the Tribune--WHAT?!
    Editorial: "What Kind of Deal was This?" which goes on to say, "Fortunately, CTU says no to a teachers contract that would choke new charters." Then the article goes on to discuss this (charter schools) for 9-10 paragraphs out of the 17. I think Kristin ("Chicago needs a Katrina!") McQuade must've written this.

  2. Oh--& as for the Clinton "victory"--"6 coin tosses"--again, REALLY? And what about the news of those last precincts w/o Iowa DNC oversight?
    It almost matches the GOP circus, &, here, we're only looking at one candidate/campaign pulling shenanigans.
    Anything to win, & Kate McKinnon does an outstanding rendition of HRC's ego.


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