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CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey had foretold the outcome, telling the Chicago Sun-Times last week that teachers are concerned about losing pay and possibly health insurance for the entire summer if they go out on strike so close to the end of the school year.

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A strike and asking for money either now or in the fall isn’t going to get them the public support they apparently think they’ll get. Strike now and it will inconvenience a lot of parents. Strike in the fall because you want more money after people have gotten their second tax bill, which will be considerably higher won’t get any support either. Property owners aren’t going to say “give them more”, we are going to say “cut their pay” instead. I think 73.5K a year for a job that includes 3 MONTHS of paid vacation every year is more than enough.