CFL News
September 10, 2012

Chicago Teachers Union strike after negotiations with CPS fail to produce fair contract

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike Monday morning for the first time in 25 years over contract talks with the Chicago Public Schools that have failed to produce a fair contract for more than 29,000 members

After hours of intense negotiations leading up to Monday's strike deadline, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) failed to reach an agreement resulting in the first teachers strike in 25 years. Teachers began picketing outside of 675 schools and the Board of Education at 6:30am Monday morning.

Union leaders expressed disappointment in the District’s refusal to concede on issues involving compensation, job security and resources for their students. CTU President Karen Lewis said, “Negotiations have been intense but productive, however we have failed to reach an agreement that will prevent a labor strike. This is a difficult decision and one we hoped we could avoid. Throughout these negotiations have I remained hopeful but determined. We must do things differently in this city if we are to provide our students with the education they so rightfully deserve."

Union members were set to join the teachers at a solidarity rally outside of the Board of Education at 3:30pm Monday. Over the last year, Chicago's union members have stood with teachers as they have fought back attacks from out-of-town groups looking to restrict their union rights, were asked to work a longer school day without additional compensation and were denied a raise that was guaranteed in their last contract.

"Chicago's labor movement and working men and women stand with the Chicago Teachers Union today and every day until they get the fair contract they deserve," said Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez.

For more information, visit the Chicago Teachers Union.

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