Rahm Emanuel vs. teachers union?
Kyle Olson weighs in
- Duration 3:57
- Date Jun 6, 2012
Kyle Olson weighs in
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Scott -- big victory in Wisconsin last night being seen as a huge blow to organized labor but will that feeling in reverberate.
Throughout the -- the country.
Not far down I 94.
In Chicago this city's teachers' union there is preparing for an epic battle against mayor Rahm Emanuel who used to be chief of staff at the White -- they want big pay raises even though the city.
Is broke Kyle Olson is the founder he -- yeah you -- argue joins us live this morning from rapid city of mortgages -- Good morning okay so when you look at what happened with regard to Wisconsin last night what's the moral of that story.
I think the moral of the story is that you can look -- the Medusa is eyes and lived to tell about it and that's exactly what Scott Walker did.
He he delivered a message that they have significant problems budget problems collective bargaining problems in that state.
He explain the situation they passed.
Reforms -- and he clearly survive that recall last night and so.
That should be a model for the rest of the country and and you talk about Chicago and that's a perfect example.
Chicago Public Schools.
As -- worst budget situation.
A higher dropout rates and Wisconsin.
And so this is an opportunity for Rahm Emanuel and mayors across the country and governors across the country.
To implement those sorts reforms and do what's in the best interest of kids in taxpayer.
There's sure okay so the beat the Chicago Public Schools teachers are threatening to go on strike at the beginning of this upcoming school year.
Right now I understand -- correct me if I'm wrong.
It sounds like Rahm Emanuel in the city wants to give him three or 4%.
Pay increases but the teacher's union wants 30%.
That's right the mayor has asked for a longer school day a longer school year because of every urban district in the country.
Chicago has the shortest day in the shortest year and and that's been they have a 56% graduation rate.
As if he's saying this is a problem we have got to tackle and so the union's response is well we want to 30% raise.
And now they they are taking a strike authorization vote today.
Urging their members to give them the authority to go out and strike later this year.
And so it's -- it's a union that's completely out of touch but that's why this is a moment.
For Rahm Emanuel and mayors and governors across the country to stand up and say look it look what happened in Wisconsin and we are going to implement those same types -- -- sure well it is also -- while it's a very powerful union it's also what they're doing very well when you look at the amount of money the average teacher makes in Chicago vs the average person in Cook County look at that.
Seven -- 3000.
A private sector employee.
Kyle isn't that what it's gonna come down to the people of Chicago and Cook County are gonna look and they're gonna go -- wait a minute they're making a lot more than I am they want 30%.
I don't think so and ultimately they may do what.
Well that's exactly right if it is incumbent upon the parents to get involved in this fight and and tell the union exactly what they think because.
The union has been out in the streets pro testing in picketing they've they've partnered up with occupy Chicago.
All in an effort to try and win this fight that is playing out.
And so I called yesterday called this the slowest train crash ever because.
Everybody knows the Chicago Teachers Union is gonna go on strike.
Everybody knows that race.
But it but it's going to take months in order for that to play out and so parents have got to be engaged in this fight.
Indeed all right well they certainly were engaged in Wisconsin we know -- happened there all right let's see if it happens veteran Chicago.
-- also it's a pleasure thank you very much for joining us today from Michigan.