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CTU Strike Still Looms as Negotiations Continue

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Students continuing their education through the summer could be at a loss if teachers and the school board can't agree on a contract by the fall. Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012)

    With the year-round Chicago public school year set to begin in a few days, the Chicago Teachers Union is making sure the public realizes the contract is not yet a done deal. 

    "While we continue to bargain in good faith, CTU members continue to prepare for a work stoppage in September when most of them are required to return to the classroom," the CTU said Thursday in a statement, noting teachers have been without a contract since June 30.

    Kids Caught in Middle of School Showdown

    [CHI] Kids Caught in Middle of School Showdown
    Students continuing their education through the summer could be at a loss if teachers and the school board can't agree on a contract by the fall. Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012)

    While the two sides have an interim agreement on the longer day, other issues are not yet decided, including class size, a new evaluation process requiring 40 percent of teacher reviews be based on students’ performance, health benefits and, a big one, pay.

    The CTU and CPS are in negotiations Thursday.

    Teachers Overwhelmingly Approve Strike

    [CHI] Teachers Overwhelmingly Approve Strike
    Nearly 90 percent of union-represented Chicago Public Schools teachers voted to authorize a strike, the Chicago Teachers Union said Monday. Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Monday, Jun 11, 2012)

    The union said in a press release it may strike after a 30-day "cooling off period" following the fact-finder's results as long as it first gives the school district a 10-day notice of the intent to strike.

    Both sides rejected an independent arbitrator's report and expressed a desire to continue talks to resolve long-standing issues.

    The report found a longer school day will mean 20 percent more work for teachers, and suggested a pay raise of 15 to 20 percent. A raise that size would mean larger class sizes and significant layoffs, something neither side wants in the end.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the report wasn't "tethered to reality."