A conservative group says the just-ended Chicago teacher's strike wasn't about wages but about a social justice agenda and how the public schools are run.
According to a CBS News report, the teachers ended up with a 16-percent base-pay raise over five years and more control over class sizes. The 11-day strike came to an end when classes resumed on Friday.
Martin Baker of the Project 21 Black Leadership Network says the strike ultimately wasn't about wages or working conditions. "The unions are flexing their muscles again to try to show who they are," he tells OneNewsNow. "This is a power grab – and they play the power grab well."
The teachers asserted that the strike had a social justice agenda aimed at giving teachers more say over how schools are run, according to CBS. But Baker contends that while the teachers won a pay hike, the losers were the students themselves.
"It's a sad day … that our cities' children were used as bargaining chips once again," he shares. "Their future, their happiness, their quality of life was affected by adults playing a high stakes poker game with the academic futures of the children on the table."
In 2016, illinoispolicy.org reported that CPS teachers' pay ranked No. 1 for teachers with a bachelor's degree and five years' experience. The salary for such teachers at that time was $61,831.