"Just Say No" to Striking District 144 Teachers
CHICAGO—The president of Illinois’ largest taxpayer organization today called the striking teachers of Prairie-Hills School District 144 “incredibly greedy” and suggested that the school board “just say no” to their outrageous demands.
The elementary school teachers, who make an average salary of $48,200 for a 180-day school year, initially sought raises of 15% over the next two years. “The District 144 teachers are shameless in their demand for huge raises while the economy is tanking and millions of workers are losing their jobs,” said Jim Tobin, President of National Taxpayers United of Illinois (NTUI). “Social Security recipients will receive a 0% cost-of-living increase next year and yet these government workers turned down a 3% raise in each of the next two years and chose to strike.”
“It is unconscionable for government grade-school teachers to pad their incomes while homeowners struggle to pay the still-rising property taxes that finance teacher salaries while worrying if they will have a job tomorrow. The rest of us don’t have tenure like teachers do.”
“The school board should tell the striking teachers that they are lucky to have jobs in these economically-troubled times, and be negotiating salary cuts to provide much-needed property tax relief, not salary increases.”