Chicago Public Schools support staff and the union representing its employees approved a five-year contract with Chicago Public Schools Wednesday.
Service Employees International Union Local 73 said the contract brings "substantial pay increases, significant improvements in working conditions, and more resources for students."
The new contract is retroactive to July 1 and will expire on June 30, 2023, according to the union.
“This is a victory for working people in Chicago and shows what is possible when we unite and take action,” Dian Palmer, president of SEIU Local 73, said in a statement. “The lowest-paid support workers who are the backbone of our schools are going to see raises that mean their families won't have to struggle as hard living in an expensive city where costs keep going up.”
Roughly 7,500 school employees in the SEIU Local 73 union went on strike along with more than 25,000 teachers on Oct. 17, canceling classes for more than 300,000 student's in the country's third-largest school distric.t SEIU announced a tentative agreement with the district on Sunday but said its members would continue to picket with CTU until a deal is reached.
CTU on Wednesday announced it had reached a "tentative agreement" and scheduled a House of Delegates meeting that evening.