Chicago Teacher's Union Strike Analytical Essay

Chicago Teacher's Union Strike
Looks at the unique issues surrounding the Chicago teachers' union strike and how it was resolved.
# 152390 | 900 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper explains that the Chicago teachers' union strike was novel because it was not just about money but also about dissent regarding educational reform. The Teachers' Union's main issues with management were underfunded pension plans, salary disputes, merit pay and teachers evaluations based on student's standardized test scores; whereas, the author states, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his team felt that teachers could best be evaluated based on performance using these scores. The paper concludes that both parties made concessions in that the teachers won higher pay and limited accountability for student's test scores while the city won longer school days and more effective measures to evaluate teacher accountability.

From the Paper:

"The Teacher's Union was able to garner community support by stating that they were striking for the children's own good. Teachers convinced the community that tenure track teachers were leaving the Chicago Public school system, because job protection issues were coming up which also accentuated and highlighted the racial and socioeconomic divides between Chicago's lower-level and upper-tier schools. Teachers have also rallied around Chicago's neighborhoods by implying that if schools are closed in favorite of charter schools and teachers are not revered and respected in their job positions, communities will lack cohesiveness and social bonds will deteriorate, leading to more violence and discord within Chicago's already dangerous streets. Schools are institutions that are models of democracy and the social contract. The Teacher's Union argued that if schools were to be of lackluster quality, then that would also reflect on the greater community and city, in general.
"At the end of the strike, both parties came away with some things changes they were fighting for. The Chicago Teachers received an overall raise of 17.6% over the following four years, though the Union was initially trying to gain 30%. The Mayor and the School Board instated the teacher evaluation system that will tie teacher's evaluations with student's standardized test scores."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Pearson, Michael. (2012 Sept. 19). "Wins, Losses and Draws in Chicago School Strike." CNN U.S. Retrieved from 25 Nov. 2012.
  • Ravitch, Diane. "Why the Chicago Teachers Union Deserves Support." Diane Ravitch's Blog. 8 Sept. 2012. Web. 25 Nov. 2012.
  • Resmovits, Joy & Emmeline Zhao. "Chicago Teachers Strike: Union, Emanuel Disagree on Bottom Line." Huff Post Education. 10 Sept. 2012. Web. 25 Nov 2012.
  • Strauss, Valerie. (2012, Sept 10). Chicago Teacher's Strike: The Issues. The Washington Post. Retrieved from

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