After hearing the news this morning, I thought for sure the definition of the word contract had changed. I quickly grabbed my dictionary to check.
According to Webster's Dictionary:
contract (n) 1) a binding agreement between two or more person or parties, one legally enforceable
2) a document describing the terms of a contract
I was surprised to see the definition was the same, so it's just our government where up is down and wrong it right. Rahm Emanuel and the Board of Education tried to get the Chicago Teacher's Union to break an already beaten up contract to have teachers work much longer for much less than minimunm wage. The Union declined and the teachers are now looked at as the bad guys. So, Emanuel and the Board of Ed sweetened the pot enough for 3 Chicago Public Schools to cave in and break their union contract resulting in a 2% raise and thousand and thousands of dollars to make "the longer day work". (It's amazing how they found money for this.)
As 2012 approaches and the contracts for the teachers, police, and firefighters in the City of Chicago are to be renegotiated, all union members need to stick together and not be tempted by the poisened apple of a quick fix, a stipend or two, or empty rhetoric.
Little by little the powers that be would like to break the unions completely. If you know your history then you should realize it is behavior like we are seeing today that caused unions to form in the first place.
To all hard-working people, union or non-union, who know the value of a contract enjoy this Labor Day weekend! You deserve it!