Striking Chicago teachers get support from parents
CHICAGO (AP) — As Chicago teachers walked the picket lines for a second day, they were joined by many of the very people are most inconvenienced by their walkout: the parents who must now scramble to find a place for children to pass the time or for babysitters.
Mothers and fathers — some with their kids in tow — are marching with the teachers. Others are honking their encouragement from their cars or planting yard signs that announce their support in both English and Spanish.
Unions are still hallowed organizations in Chicago, and the teachers union holds a special place of honor in many households, where children sometimes grow up to join the same police, firefighter or trade unions as their parents and grandparents.