Budget, Pensions, CTU – where is your head at right now?
Was talking with someone today about the CPS budget and potential CTU strike and whether people’s opinions on this matter have shifted at all over the past year.
On the one hand, I feel like Bernie helped drive some sympathy toward unions overall. He did for me, at least.
On the other hand, I think we’re all more acutely aware of the severe financial issues in CPS and the real impact of increased property taxes. I was hit especially hard here (am still trying to fight it.)
To summarize, decades ago, CPS kicked the financial can down the road over and over, so to speak. To please the teachers (to make up for screwing them in other ways) the city promised a pension-pick up. This made sense decades ago (kind of) but didn’t take into account inflation, teacher salaries, and longevity.
As a result, the pension burden has become massive. It was promised. Now we owe it. But there’s not enough money.
This guy explains it very well:
Short of travelling through time and slapping silly the guys who got us into this mess, it’s difficult to find a way out that feels fair to everyone.
Now the teachers are threating to strike. I’m unclear if it’s just for the pension or other elements of the contract too.
So what do you think? I know we’d rehashed this discussion every year. But have your attitudes shifted at all? Do you support the teachers and their strike? If not, what is the solution?