There are probably quite a few of the 4,266 students in Cahokia School District 187 near East St. Louis Illinois who could teach the teachers about economics.
The Illinois Federation of Teachers Union, despite the recent and numerous reports of how well they are being paid compared to the poor performance of their students, is threatening a strike. Obviously the teachers are not up to speed on our devastated economy and how the public view them these days. Current events must not be anywhere in their curriculum
The school district offered them 2.25%. The union asked for 4%. The school district pointed out that it is $5.3 million in debt and cannot go any further.
The union then "graciously" reduced their demand to 3.5% and said that the district must want us to strike if they don't accept.
Now, don't get me wrong here, I hold good teachers in the highest regard. All considered ,however, the union seems to have no leg to stand on in this case. It seems entirely ridiculous for them to be making any further demands since a raise was offered in the beginning.
Some give and take is in order here. Give us better performance of teachers and student alike and then we'll talk.