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    Chicago Teachers Union Strike Developments

    One day after the Chicago Teachers Union declared a strike, both sides were back at the barganing table on Friday. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. 

    (Published Friday, Sept. 27, 2019)

    One day after Chicago Teachers Union members anounced they voted to authorize a strike, union leaders began bargaining sessions with the Chicago Board of Education in an effort to keep teachers from walking off their jobs. 

    Negotiations began around 10 a.m. Friday, continuing for several hours before coming to an end before 4 p.m. 

    The CTU said negotiations were expected to resume Tuesday. The union is calling for more staffing and a cap in class sizes. 

    "It's almost as if they're daring us to strike over these issues," CTU President Jesse Sharkey said in a press conference Friday. 

    Chicago Teachers Union Members Vote to Authorize Strike

    [CHI] Chicago Teachers Union Members Vote to Authorize Strike

    Chicago Teachers Union members have voted to authorize a strike, union leaders announced Thursday night, setting the stage for more than 25,000 teachers and staff to walk off the job in the nation's third-largest school district. Lauren Petty reports.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 27, 2019)

    The union announced the results of their vote Thursday night, setting the stage for more than 25,000 teachers and staff to walk off the job in the nation's third-largest school district. 

    Sharkey said the union eclipsed the 75 percent threshold needed to authorize a strike at approximately 9:15 p.m. Thursday. Sharkey said that 94 percent of the votes tallied by Thursday evening were in favor of authorizing a strike. 

    More than 90 percent of votes have been counted, but full vote totals won't be known until Friday at the earliest, Sharkey said, adding that members of the House of Delgates will meet on Oct. 2 and could set a strike date as soon as Oct. 7.

    "This is a clear message to the mayor and the Board of Education to address critical needs in our schools," Sharkey said in announcing the vote. 

    Chicago Public Schools officials say their latest contract offer included a 16% raise, which would put the average teacher salary at nearly $100,000 within the next five years.

    But CTU officials say the potential strike is about more than money: they want improvements in areas related to class size, staffing shortages, and provisions related to safety and security of students in areas surrounding schools.

    CTU Votes to Authorize Strike

    [CHI] CTU Votes to Authorize Strike

    The Chicago Teachers Union has voted on whether to authorize a strike, and NBC 5's Patrick Fazio has the breaking details. 

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019)

    “The typical public school has a nurse one day a week,” Sharkey said Thursday. “We don’t have social workers to deal with intense levels of trauma. The schools are under state supervision for special education, and we need to address shortages there. We need enforceable class size limits as well.”

    Union leaders have said they want promises made by then-candidate and now-Mayor Lori Lightfoot in writing, like more social workers, school nurses and librarians, as well as maximum class sizes.

    Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson released a joint statement on Thursday night. 

    "As a city, we make promises to our children, including ensuring that every single student receives a high-quality education that allows them to live up to their full potential and fulfill their dreams," the statement read, in part. "For the last several months, we have engaged with teachers in a good faith effort to create an inclusive process that listens to their concerns and ideas on how to improve our schools, input which is now reflected in the historic offer that supports our shared progressive values and desire for every child to be equally prepared for success. 

    "We are committed to doing everything we can to finalize a deal that is sustainable for all Chicagoans and for our city's future, that respects our teachers, and continues our students' record-breaking success for years to come," they added. 

    The union last went on strike in 2012, when a strike lasted for seven days. Nearly 90 percent of teachers voted in favor of that work stoppage.

    Chicago Teachers Union Members Vote on Potential Strike

    [CHI] Chicago Teachers Union Members Vote on Potential Strike

    Will the Chicago Teachers Union authorize a strike? We could find out as soon as Thursday. Lauren Petty reports.

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019)

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