Potential Strike for Teachers in Chicago

Chicago News USA

After rejecting the district’s latest offer, Chicago educators are negotiating issues including pay, staffing shortages and class sizes.

Chicago’s last major teachers strike was seven years ago, but the tone, issues and financial backdrop this time around are totally different. And there’s new leadership for the union and the city. The labor dispute is one of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s first major tests after taking office this year.

Both sides are meeting several times a week to negotiate a deal. If there’s no agreement, union members plan to vote on a strike starting Sept. 24.

Shutting down schools could create major hassles for nearly 400,000 students and their families.

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