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Teacher Strike in Chicago Schools Continues

Teacher Strike in Chicago Schools Continues

Despite negotiation talks, the teachers strike spills over into another week.

After a week of picketing and demanding better pay and benefits, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) members remain on the streets and outside the classrooms.

The latest to unfold includes a law suit against the CTU by Mayor Rahm Emanuel based on a clause in the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, which states that “that only wages and economic issues are subject to collective bargaining. Under the act, issues of class size, school day, and layoff and recall rights are “permissible,” rather than mandatory, subjects of bargaining. The union has framed its strike in terms of many of those issues.”

Approximately 29,000 teachers are on strike and 350,000 students are not in school as of today.

Read the entire story on Education Week.

Photo Courtesy: Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune/MCT
Chicago public schools social worker Marie Smith waits with fellow union members for the start of a demonstration outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office in Chicago’s City Hall on Sept. 17.