Going Glove to Glove with Mayor Emanuel

September 12, 2011  |  

(Chicago Tribune) — The woman who once promised a boxing match with Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the rights of teachers and the hearts of Chicago’s public school children is getting up off the mat.  Bullied and bludgeoned by weeks of intense public debate over a longer school day, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis fought back Friday by filing an unfair labor practices complaint againstChicago Public Schools leadership and accusing Emanuel of trying to intimidate her in a profanity-filled tirade recently at City Hall.  The time had come, Lewis said, to make a stand.  “Everybody knows who Rahm Emanuel is. He wants to win. He’s dirty. He’s lowdown. He’s a street fighter,” Lewis said. “This is Rahm Emanuel trying to prove a point, trying to flex his muscles. He’s trying to put his fingers in our faces because he ultimately wants to bust this union, bust all the unions.”

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