Mayor Gatsas called Rahm Emanuel about teacher strike
Chicago's teachers union is striking over teacher compensation, evaluation and retention. In Manchester, Gatsas has tried for years to get the teachers union to open its contract to increase the teachers' contributions to their health insurance costs. The increasing cost of employee compensation during a sluggish economy has caused the Manchester school district to lay off teachers. This fall, some classes exceed state recommendations.
As both mayors are dealing with tough budgets caused in part by generous teacher compensation, Gatsas wanted to talk with Emanuel about their experiences.
"I just hope he holds his guns," Gatsas told me.
He said some fellow Republicans questioned why he would call President Obama's former chief of staff to talk about the issue.
"If somebody can give me a solution to a problem, I'm willing to listen," he said.