Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says Mayor Rahm Emanuel “exploded” at her during a conversation in his office about his signature longer-school-day effort, pointing his finger at her, yelling and telling her, “F--- you, Lewis.”
“I just want to call it immense disrespect for me and the Chicago Teachers Union,’’ Lewis told the Chicago Sun-Times Friday. “I didn’t appreciate the way he talked to me."
Are you all ripped up inside about this? I mean, I am all ripped up inside about this. I bet you that whoever put this up at Hot Air Headlines is just as ripped up inside about this as I am, too. I mean, how dare the Mayor suggest that teachers work an extra ninety minutes a day, with a mere 2% pay increase to cover it! After all, the starting salary is only $50,557/year... OK, so it's actually $50,577/38.6 weeks, at 6.25 hours/day. Or $42/hour. Admittedly, the new arrangement is a hit in salary: more gross, but per/hour goes down to $34.50, assuming that I did the math right - but Chicago is looking at a 635.7 million budget deficit this year. The well is, as they say, dry.
And I think that the public sector union folks had better start realizing that. Because, past history aside, when it comes to Rahm Emanuel (or any other Democratic elected offiical) explicitly telling a Big Labor bigwig "F--- you" I for one will not be rooting for injuries. I'd rather that a Republican was doing it, of course, but I'll take what I can get.
Moe Lane (crosspost)