Chicago Teachers Delay Vote and Decide to Continue their Strike!

Dear Commons Community,

A  number of news reports on Saturday indicated that the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) leadership had accepted a framework for an agreement that would be subject to a ratification vote today Sunday.  Instead Chicago teachers decided to delay the vote at least until Tuesday effectively continuing the strike.

Union delegates declined to formally vote on a proposed contract settlement worked out over the weekend with officials from the nation’s third largest school district. Schools will remain closed Monday. Union president Karen Lewis said teachers want the opportunity to continue to discuss the offer that is on the table.

“Our members are not happy,” Lewis said. “They want to know if there is anything more they can get.”

She added: “They feel rushed.”

She said the union’s delegates will meet again Tuesday, and the soonest classes are likely to resume is Wednesday.



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