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A Chicago Teachers Strike Is Looming: Explore The Issues

Updated Aug. 26

Chicago teachers and Chicago Public Schools are in the throes of negotiating a new teachers contract — and if no deal is reached by September 26, the Chicago Teachers Union is prepared to strike.

The teachers walked off last in 2012, the first strike in 25 years.

On Monday, the clock began ticking down to a possible strike in earnest. The Chicago Teachers Union rejected the recommendations of an outside fact finder. The school district accepted the recommendations but if one party rejects, the recommendations become null. Once rejected, the CTU must wait 30 days before it can call a strike.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot repeatedly has said she sees no reason why a deal can’t be worked out before the start of school on Sept. 3. At a press conference earlier this month she said everyone’s “cards are on the table.”

And on Monday, CTU Jesse Sharkey said, “Bargaining has gotten more serious lately, which is a good sign.”

But, from what has been made public, it appears the two sides are still far apart on several key issues.

The latest update is below.


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Check back for regular updates as new offers are made during negotiations around these key issues.

Sarah Karp covers education for WBEZ. Follow her on Twitter at @WBEZeducation and @sskedreporter. Paula Friedrich is WBEZ's interactive producer. She's on Twitter at @pauliebe.


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