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For union votes

To the Editor:

On recent radio and TV news clips, leaders of teachers’ strikes in Chicago and Lake Forest claim these strikes are for the benefit of the students.

If students were really their first priority, they would have been in class teaching, while union leaders continued to negotiate with the school boards.

When talks broke down at 10 p.m. Sunday, by Monday morning, 5,000 red T-shirts were prominently on parade with printed signs etc. Wow, they must have been busy that night putting all that together. This gets to my core point. The unions are running the show when it comes to education. Unions were pushing to strike all along.

I recently looked at a list of states that were in the worst financial shape (Illinois being one of them). By and large, these worst states all have a very large union presence. Public pension obligations have bloated state budgets to the point that some states may go completely broke within a few years. Politicians have gone along with this scheme, for union votes. How about someone looking out for taxpayers for a change. This is the kind of change I would vote for.

Robert Davis



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