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Classes for the new academic year began in Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday as members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) threatened to strike. That threat intensified on Wednesday.
“The union announced late Wednesday that its House of Delegates agreed to set dates for a strike authorization vote later this month,” the Chicago Tribune reported.
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“The decision means union members will vote Sept. 24 to 26 on whether to walk off the job. If at least 75% vote in favor, they could go on strike as soon as Oct. 7,” the Tribune noted.
Though teachers showed up for the first day of classes on Tuesday, how long they will continue to show up remains an open question, as negotiations over pay continued with the new administration of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, as NBC reported.
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“Hundreds of thousands of children return to schools across the city, despite the fact that Chicago teachers don’t have a contract in place – and a possible strike is looming,” the local NBC affiliate reported on Tuesday:
CTU leaders held a news conference outside of Benito Juarez Community Academy in the city’s Pilsen neighborhood early Tuesday, reiterating that teachers could strike as early as next month.
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“As you return to school, your teachers are happy to see you, but we’re also concerned for the future; we’re concerned to make sure that public schools in Chicago continue to be great schools and that we secure a contract which guarantees that and puts that in writing,” CTU President Jesse Sharkey said.
“While CPS is raking in more than $1 billion in new annual dollars this year, too many students returned to classrooms on Tuesday staffed by substitute teachers, while others returned to over-sized classes. CPS remains far short in hiring social workers, even for its anemic target,” the CTU said in the statement released on...
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