Congress Looks Resigned to a Shutdown

Congress Looks Resigned to a Shutdown

Matt Berman 7 hours ago

Do you think the government is going to shut down? That’s what CBS’s Bob Schieffer asked Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill, on Face the Nation Sunday morning. “I’m afraid I do,” he said.

Right now, with a day and change left before the government shuts down if Congress can’t agree on how to fund it, Durbin’s prediction is looking pretty sage.

If for no other reason, that’s because with so little time left, the frame of the debate is still far from a position that could yield a real negotiation. On Sunday, Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., took up a line on the budget fight that seems to prime the government for a shutdown. “It’s not a good idea to give the president 100 percent of what he wants on Obamacare without compromise,” Paul said on Face the Nation. “We’ve been offering him compromises.” On Meet the Press, Ted Cruz said much the same thing:  Continue reading “Congress Looks Resigned to a Shutdown”

Chicago teachers strike enters 2nd week

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Chicago teachers strike enters 2nd week

SOPHIA TAREEN and TAMMY WEBBER | September 17, 2012 08:56 AM EST |


CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is turning to the courts to try to put an end to a teachers strike that’s entering its second week and has left parents scrambling to make alternative child care arrangements for at least two more days.

The union and school leaders seemed headed toward a resolution at the end of last week, saying they were optimistic students in the nation’s third-largest school district would be back in class by Monday. But teachers uncomfortable with a tentative contract offer decided Sunday to remain on strike, saying they needed more time to review a complicated proposal.

Emanuel fired back, saying he told city attorneys to seek a court order forcing Chicago Teachers Union members back into the classroom. Continue reading “Chicago teachers strike enters 2nd week”

Teachers Union in Chicago to Extend Strike Into 2nd Week

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Teachers Union in Chicago to Extend Strike Into 2nd Week

By and STEVEN YACCINO
Published: September 16, 2012

CHICAGO — Leaders of a teachers union extended their strike on Sunday, saying they needed more time to consider a contract deal reached by negotiators over the weekend and forcing 350,000 students around this city to begin a second week without classes.

The decision, which was certain to infuriate City Hall and frustrate parents already weary from juggling day care for a week, dashed earlier hopes that hundreds of public schools around the city might reopen on Monday. It came as a setback to the union’s bargaining team, too, which felt it had secured an agreement its leaders might accept, even if it did not quell every concern voiced at protests across the city over the past week.

“I do what they tell me to do,” Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, said on Sunday, after a majority of nearly 800 union leaders — the House of Delegates — opted to meet again on Tuesday rather than immediately lift a strike in the nation’s third-largest school system. “There’s all kinds of stuff that they’re concerned about,” Ms. Lewis said of the delegates’ reluctance to accept the negotiated deal. “This is the deal we got.” Continue reading “Teachers Union in Chicago to Extend Strike Into 2nd Week”

With No Contract Deal by Deadline in Chicago, Teachers Will Strike

With No Contract Deal by Deadline in Chicago, Teachers Will Strike

Sitthixay Ditthavong/Associated Press

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union distributed strike signs as the deadline approached.

By Published: September 9, 2012

CHICAGO — Union leaders for this city’s public schoolteachers said that they would strike on Monday morning after negotiations ended late Sunday with no contract agreement between the union and the nation’s third largest school system, which have been locked for months in a dispute over wages, job security and teacher evaluations.

Coming as the school year had barely begun for many, the impasse and looming strike were expected to affect hundreds of thousands of families here, some of whom had spent the weekend scrambling to rearrange work schedules, find alternative programs and hire baby sitters if school was out for some time.

Chicago Public Schools officials, visibly frustrated after talks broke off late Sunday night, expressed concern for the estimated 350,000 students the strike could affect. Continue reading “With No Contract Deal by Deadline in Chicago, Teachers Will Strike”