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Sources: CTU Meets with State Lawmakers on Strike

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Sources: CTU Meets with State Lawmakers

CTU Sues Emanuel's School Board |
The Chicago Teacher's Union has filed a lawsuit against Mayor Rahm Emanuel's school board. The unfair labor practice suit says the Board of Education coerced CTU-represented teachers to waive their labor rights and vote in favor of lengthening the school day.

Chicago Teacher's Union President Karen Lewis and other union leaders were reportedly in Springfield, Illinois Wednesday meeting with Senate President John Cullerton and Speaker of the House Michael Madigan in what's been called a long meeting, according to sources familiar with the situation. 

Lawmakers wanted an update on how negotiations with the City of Chicago are going. They've expressed concerned a teacher's strike may happen.  

Sources tell Ward Room that  Mayor Rahm Emanuel is working furiously behind the scenes and would like to amend the new SB7 bill - as the teachers union sees it - changing the rules at mid stream on a strike authorization vote. 

Emanuel reportedly wants the rules  to be more specific, and lawmakers wanted to hear directly from the union.

Both Madigan's and Cullerton's press offices said the legislators had no comment on the meeting.
Madigan’s spokesman Steve Brown, by email says “usually don’t comment on private meetings.”  
Cullerton’s spokesmans says “we do not have any updates at this time.”
 

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