Teachers set to take strike authorization vote

June 5, 2012

The Associated Press

Chicago Public School teachers will head to the polls to vote on whether or not they want to authorize a strike.

The Wednesday vote won't mean that the city's 25,500 public school teachers will walk off the job, but union leaders say it will give them more leverage in the ongoing contract negotiations. They say it raises the real possibility of a strike if talks break down.

The CPS board has offered a guaranteed 2 percent raise over the course of a 5-year deal as well as establishing a form of merit pay. The union has proposed a 2-year deal that calls for a 24 percent raise the first year and a 5 percent raise the second.