An Awkward Strike

The Chicago schoolteachers' walkout is bad for everyone--and dangerous for Democrats

M. Spencer Green/AP

The strike by the Chicago Teachers Union is its first in a quarter-century.

I know a thing or two about what it's like when the well paid go on strike, because as a member of the Writers Guild of America--the Hollywood scriptwriters' union--I went on strike a few years back. I recall an awful lot of shouting and dramatics and walking around in a circle back then too. But there were doughnuts, which made the whole experience easier. If you have to picket, it's best to picket with a chocolate glazed.

What there wasn't--and isn't, in the case of the Chicago teachers' strike--was a lot of sympathy from the general public. The average salary...

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