CBS: Analyst - Contract Dispute Has Strengthened Chicago Teachers Union
by CBS: John Cody | 09/14/2012
CHICAGO (CBS) – With both sides in the Chicago teachers’ strike optimistic a deal to end the walkout could be done by the end of the day, one Chicago political analyst said the Chicago Teachers Union could come out a big winner, and not just in terms of the contract they’re likely to get.
Dick Simpson, a former Chicago alderman who is now a political science professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been watching the strike closely.
Simpson said Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s confrontational style has galvanized the CTU.
“He has made the CTU a much more effective union, and much more unified than it would be, normally,” Simpson said.