Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: You bet they heard us

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: You bet they heard us:

You bet they heard us

 This morning's front page headline in the Sun-Times print edition reads:   

Teachers Show Strength in Numbers, Mayor Cuts DNC Visit Short

In this rare case, the headlines told the real story. Yesterday's Labor Day Solidarity Rally in Daley Plaza was a powerful expression of the anger and frustration felt by thousands of Chicago teachers in reaction to the debasement and the disrespect shown them and their profession by Rahm Emanuel's administration.
Tactically, it was a risk to hold a Labor Day rally in the Loop, where there was no audience of office workers to influence and the targeted decision makers were absent. But with a potential teachers strike approaching, the Chicago Teachers Union and its friends among public employee unions put on an impressive show of strength Monday, drawing thousands of red-shirted supporters to a Daley