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Chicago Teachers on Brink of Strike—and Pay Isn’t Only Demand (CER in the news)
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Oct 16, 8:35 AM: The Chicago Teachers Union is poised to strike Thursday over pay and other demands, following a wave of teacher strikes that have brought raises and other benefits in recent years.
Editorial: City Hall should prepare for a teachers strike — and be ready to tough it out
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Oct 16, 7:29 AM: The likelihood of a teachers strike looms heavily over Chicago, and no one wants that. But no responsible Chicagoan should want City Hall to buy labor peace at any price, either. That would be foolish at a time when our city is >
Op-Ed: Teachers’ money is being weaponized for partisan politics
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Oct 15, 7:42 AM: I was a reluctant member of the Naperville Unit Education Association, which is the local arm of the National Education Association, a leviathan that purports to represent 3 million teachers. For decades, I paid dues to a union that >
CPS reschedules football games to preserve teams’ state playoff chances if teachers strike
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Oct 15, 6:54 AM: Chicago Public Schools has rescheduled some high school football games to preserve the playoff chances of its teams should a teachers strike occur this week, but depending on the duration of the work stoppage, the Illinois High >
CPS teachers out-earn many in other districts, but union says pay not the whole picture and numbers can be misleading
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Oct 11, 7:47 AM: In their push for a new contract with reduced class sizes and more support staff, Chicago teachers have twice rejected pay raise proposals from Mayor Lori Lightfoot, keeping the dispute over wages alive in an attempt to force the >
Another strike in Chicago? Teachers at Passages charter school set walkout deadline
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Oct 11, 7:33 AM: The more than two dozen educators at Passages Elementary School in Edgewater announced Thursday morning that they would walk out Oct. 22 if a deal wasn’t reached with the charter operator that runs the school.
CPS teachers want an affordable housing provision in their contract. It’s among the new topics starting to land on bargaining tables.
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Oct 10, 7:14 AM: A new topic has landed on the bargaining table as the Chicago Teachers Union hammers out a new contract with the Chicago Public Schools: affordable housing.
Commentary: 3 reasons to support CTU’s contract demands
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Oct 10, 5:38 AM: As the city gears up for possible strikes by the Chicago Teachers Union (and other unions) if negotiations with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Public Schools break down, we want to highlight three areas of research that >
CPS teachers union holding up contract talks over affordable housing policy, Mayor Lightfoot says
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Oct 9, 7:17 AM: With the potential walkout looming, Lightfoot said the union laid out this demand rather than providing a response to what she called the city’s comprehensive contract offer. She said that Tuesday marked the 49th time that >
Chicago Public Schools apprenticeship program designed to offer students path to careers signs up first business partners
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Oct 9, 5:40 AM: The first group of business partners has been finalized for a new apprenticeship program that seeks to put Chicago Public Schools students on the way to careers in manufacturing, health care or information technology.
Editorial: Chicagoans see CTU stalling talks, trying to cut class time and dodging anti-abuse efforts. Don’t cave, Mayor Lightfoot.
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Oct 8, 5:25 AM: With Oct. 17 looming for a potentially paralyzing strike at Chicago Public Schools, Mayor Lori Lightfoot held a news conference Monday with an important number posted next to her: 141. That’s how many days have passed, she says, >
Jeanne Allen: Make it easier to fire bad Chicago teachers
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Oct 7, 8:30 AM: Tribune readers should look through the smokescreen of CTU rhetoric and focus on how the union deals with these real problems in the classroom.
Editorial: Chicago and Illinois don’t have enough taxpayers to pay for all this
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Oct 7, 7:46 AM: Chicago teachers want better pay and working conditions. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has made a generous contract offer, yet the Chicago Teachers Union is threatening to strike.
Column: We love ya, Chicago Public Schools teachers, but all this strike talk is losing us
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Oct 4, 6:59 AM: Admiration and respect for teachers is vast, but it won’t sustain you through the chaos that will result if you walk off the job in a little less than two weeks along with Chicago Park District workers, idling some 360,000 pupils. >
Editorial: No going back on a longer school day for Chicago’s kids
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Oct 4, 6:57 AM: The Chicago Teachers Union is pushing a contract proposal that would effectively shorten the school day for elementary students. Its members are woefully out of step with their fellow Chicagoans.
Letters: Make it easier to fire bad Chicago teachers
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Oct 4, 6:06 AM: Kudos to columnist Kristen McQueary for her spot-on question to the Chicago Teachers Union about making it easier in any new contract to fire bad teachers (“Firing bad teachers. Can we get that in the contract, CTU?,” Sept. 29). I >
CPS strike: Teachers and support staff, along with parks workers, will all strike on Oct. 17 if no contract deals reached
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Oct 3, 6:14 AM: The joint announcement late Wednesday by the three labor groups sets up the prospect of about 35,000 public employees in Chicago walking off the job at the same time.
3 Chicago labor groups, including CPS teachers, could walk off the job together in coming days as city braces for ‘extraordinarily disruptive moment’
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Oct 2, 7:22 AM: In a loud show of purple-shirted determination, employees for Chicago’s school and park districts delivered notices of their intent to strike to the fifth floor of City Hall on Tuesday.
Money matters: How school funding inequities affect students, taxpayers
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Oct 2, 6:21 AM: Education officials in Illinois say the state is making solid progress under its new evidence-based funding program in narrowing the wealth-based disparities among school districts, but an analysis of the first year of that program >
With Chicago teachers strike looming, city boosts efforts to win public’s hearts and minds
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Oct 1, 8:21 AM: With a teachers strike possibly imminent, the contract fight is taking on the added dimension of a struggle for the hearts and minds of Chicagoans, with both sides trying to demonstrate they have broad support to strengthen their >

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