Hundreds of Chicago Teachers Union delegates met Wednesday evening for an update on contract negotiations. And in a largely symbolic show of support for the union, they voted to give their president a power she already had: the ability to issue a ten-day strike notice at her discretion.
Last week, the Chicago Teachers Union decided they were allowed to strike, in an attempt to push Chicago Public Schools administration to negotiate with them over longer school days and pay. Comedian Ed Flynn knows you might not understand how this situation became so heated. And as a self-described "uneducated" individual, he wants to clear up any confusion.
So far, negotiations have focused on issues related to compensation, like wages and benefits. But the union hopes that the strike authorization vote will push CPS to negotiate on other issues related to working conditions, like class size. Under state law, the district gets to decide whether or not such issues are “permissive subjects of bargaining.”