CPS Teachers Union, Board at Raise Impasse

Teachers union could now reopen existing contract or negotiate a successor contract

By Lacey McCraney
|  Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011  |  Updated 7:36 AM CDT
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For the first time in 17 years, Chicago Public School teachers likely will start the school year without the raise they voted on in their contract.

Talks between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public Schools board ended late Monday night with no agreement over a scheduled four percent pay raise, according to the Sun-Times.

The raise is written in the teachers' current contract, but the school board says tough times forced them to hold it back.

Now, the union's House of Delegates is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning to talk about the next step.

Next steps include opening the existing contract or begin negotiating a successor contract to the one that ended at the end of June, according to CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey.

If the current contract is reopened, that could allow teachers to strike. It also could allow Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his team to implement a longer school day and longer school year.

If they negotiate on a successor contract, that would cut the chance of a longer day and year by keeping the current contract in place.

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