Don't call this a strike

Updated 11/8/2019 3:49 PM

Calling the all-too-frequent job actions of the Chicago Teachers Union a "strike" is an affront to any union member who has ever risked loss of paycheck or employment while striking for fairness and safer working conditions.

No CTU member has ever lost a job or a day's pay as a result of these exhibitions. The days "lost" to picketing and parading are always made up later to meet government requirements for financial aid to the school system. Thus, the participants actually benefit by working those makeup days under the newly contracted terms, including raises.


Teachers do have a difficult job and yes, they put on a pretty good show every few years, but please don't call it a strike.

Roger M. Pretzel


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