It sure seems like Mayor Emanuel’s looking to force the Chicago Teachers Union to go on strike—I really don’t know how else to explain his hardball stance with the contract negotiations.

At the moment, the mayor’s negotiators are sticking to their opening offer of a 2 percent raise for the teachers spread over the next five years. That amounts to less than half of a percent raise a year. Factor in inflation, higher pension costs, and medical costs and teachers will be making less in five years than they’re making today.

What? Does the mayor think they’re journalists?