When you’re doing a great job in your organization, and the organization is thriving, there’s no better time to ask for a raise.
When you’re in the public school system and you see percentages of kids who are not grade-level proficient in reading and math at 81% and 80% respectively, asking for a raise of 16% is the height of hubris.
When your public schools are so bad that 39% of your fellow teachers pay to send their kids to get a better education at private schools, striking for a pay raise becomes absolutely ludicrous.
More importantly, maybe the average $76,000 salary Chicago teachers earn allows them to afford that private school tuition for their kids, but for the rest of the lower and middle class citizens who dream of pulling their kids out of the failing public schools for a better education in the private schools, it is an outrage that a lack of any voucher program means these parents have to pay twice for their kids’ educations, once in the taxes they pay for the failing public schools, and once again in the tuition they pay for the superior education their kids will receive in the private schools. (You know, those same superior private schools all the union whore, anti-school choice politicians send their kids to.)