Chicago Teachers Union Reports 'Substantive' Talks With City on Day 3 of Strike - NBC Chicago

Chicago Teachers Union Reports 'Substantive' Talks With City on Day 3 of Strike

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she would be "very surprised" if school resumed on Monday

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    Progress on Third Day of Chicago Teachers Union Strike

    The Chicago Teachers Union reached tentative agreements on eight issues with city leaders on Saturday, the third day of the CTU strike. NBC 5’s Lexi Sutter reports. (Published Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019)

    The Chicago Teachers Union said on Saturday, the third day of the teacher's strike, it reached tentative agreements on two major issues, however reaching a deal with the city to end the strike didn't appear to be any closer.

    Chicago parents leaned on family, friends and community groups as 25,000 teachers in the nation's third-largest school district went on strike this past week, canceling classes for more than 300,000 kids.

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Saturday that she would be "very surprised" if school resumed on Monday. Classes were canceled on both Thursday and Friday as a result of the strike.

    Both Mayor Lightfoot and union leaders said negotiators have several major disputes to resolve, including pay and benefits, class size, and school staffing.

    Rallies on Day Three of Chicago Teachers Union Strike

    [CHI] Rallies on Day Three of Chicago Teachers Union Strike

    As was the case the two previous days, on Saturday, Chicago Teachers Union members gathered for rallies to demand a cap on class sizes, and the hiring of additional support staff. NBC 5's Chris Hush reports.

    (Published Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019)

    At a news conference on Saturday evening, CTU Vice President Stacy Davis-Gates said both sides had reached tentative agreements on eight different items, including two key issues: retention of teachers of color and a moratorium on charter schools.

    The CTU also reported that the city put forth proposals regarding class size and staffing, but it remained clear how exaclty the policies would be enforced.

    "We want something that provides infrastructure for the change that 30,000 thousand people are marching on the streets for right now, and that will require us to make sure we're sure," Davis-Gates said.

    Jesse Sharkey, the CTU president, said that the issues of class size and staffing have received a lot of attention, but the union also remains focused on three other priorities: pay and benefits, teacher preparation time and the length of the contract.

    Davis-Gates said a "collection of things" have to come together for an agreement to be reached.

    "Today we got a little further than we were yesterday," Davis-Gates, the union vice president, said on Saturday. "I'm good with that. We're going to keep doing that until we get it right."

    Day Three of Chicago Teachers Union Strike

    [CHI] Day Three of Chicago Teachers Union Strike

    On Saturday, the third day of the Chicago Teachers Union strike, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said it was unlikely students would return to school on Monday. NBC 5's Lexi Sutter breaks down the negotiations.

    (Published Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019)

    NOW THE LATEST ON THE CHICAGO TEACHERS STRIKE.
    NEGOTIATORS REPORT PROGRESS TOWARD A NEW CONTRACT AS TEACHERS MOUNTED ANOTHER
    DEMONSTRATION IN THE LOOP.
                   BUT TONIGHT, THERE'S NO WORD ON WHEN SCHOOL MIGHT RESUME FOR 
    300-THOUSAND STUDENTS.
      C-T-U MEMBERS, THEIR ALLIES AND STUDENTS MARCHED FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT DAY.
    CITY OFFICIALS WANT MORE URGENCY,  SAYING TEACHERS ARE MORE CONCERNED WITH MARCHING THAN MEETINGS.
     Chicago Public Schools students officially have another day off of school as negotiations continue between the city and the Chicago Teachers Union

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