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Opinion The 11-day teachers’ strike in Chicago paid off

01:40  02 november  2019
01:40  02 november  2019 Source:   vox.com

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Teachers in Chicago Public Schools, the country’s third-largest district, said they would return to school Thousands marched on the streets near Chicago City Hall on Thursday, the 11 th day of a The city agreed to spend millions of dollars on reducing class sizes; promised to pay for hundreds

The Chicago Teachers Union ended its longest strike since 1987, and members plan to return to classrooms on Friday after Mayor Lori Lightfoot agreed to make up five of the 11 school days missed during the walkout. Demonstrators march near City Hall in Chicago on Oct.

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a group of people wearing costumes: Facing snow and cold temperatures, thousands marched through the streets near City Hall during the 11th day of the teachers strike on October 31, 2019, in Chicago.© Scott Heins/Getty Images Facing snow and cold temperatures, thousands marched through the streets near City Hall during the 11th day of the teachers strike on October 31, 2019, in Chicago.

Teachers returned to school Friday after going on strike for 11 days. They had picketed in the snow and rain until union leaders and city officials struck a deal to raise teacher pay and to put a social worker and nurse in each school. Some of the teachers’ most ambitious proposals, such as requiring the city to expand affordable housing, didn’t make the cut.

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CHICAGO — Chicago teachers and the nation’s third-largest school district reached a labor contract deal on Thursday, ending a strike that canceled 11 days Lightfoot and Sharkey met privately at City Hall on Thursday as teachers protested outside in the snow. The mayor eventually emerged from her

Chicago teachers rallied outside city hall Thursday as union and city officials reached an agreement expected to return educators and students to classrooms Friday after an And the pact extends the school year five days — a sticking point for teachers who lost six days of pay during the strike .

“Did we accomplish every single little thing? No. But I can say that we moved the needle on educational justice in the city,” Jesse Sharkey, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, said in a press conference Thursday.

The district also committed to spending $35 million to shrink oversized classrooms and to prioritize schools that serve the most at-risk students. The deal includes a 16 percent pay raise for teachers over five years, and a remarkable 40 percent raise for teaching assistants, clerks, and other lower-paid workers. The new, five-year contract will also boost investment per pupil and reduce the number of students in each class.

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Chicago teachers and the nation’s third-largest school district reached a labor contract deal on Thursday, ending a strike that canceled 11 days of classes

Chicago Teachers Union delegates voted late Wednesday to approve a tentative deal that includes a 16% pay raise over five years. Braving snow and cold temperatures, thousands marched through the streets near City Hall during the 11 th day of an ongoing teachers strike on October 31, 2019 in

Teachers had wanted more, though. They also wanted more affordable housing in the city for students and teachers. That’s something no teachers union has demanded in recent contract negotiations.

These kinds of broad demands are part of a growing movement, led by teachers and labor unions, focused more on social justice issues affecting their communities than simply pay. It’s known as “bargaining for the common good.”

Chicago public schools serve a high percentage of poor students, and the district has long struggled with low graduation rates. Though high school graduation rates have improved in recent years, its schools are still highly segregated. And compared to surrounding school districts and elsewhere in Illinois, Chicago schools have larger class sizes, fewer high school teachers with advanced degrees, and less state investment per pupil.

The success of this bargaining model in Chicago and other cities has been mixed so far. Mayor Lori Lightfoot promised to focus on affordable housing, but not as part of contract negotiations with teachers. The union did, however, get the city to give sanctuary protection to undocumented immigrants on school property. The final deal shows that strikes work. Chicago teachers didn’t get everything they wanted, but they got got more than ever before, including an extra $30 million in spending on education.

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The Chicago teachers strike ended Thursday after 11 days with a tentative agreement between the teachers union and the city , leaders announced. " In the interest of our students and our parents who have been suffering, it was important today to make sure that we got our kids back in class," Lightfoot

CHICAGO – The Chicago teachers ' strike ended Thursday afternoon with the mayor and the union Students in the nation's third-largest school district will return to class Friday. The strike had idled Teachers had gone without pay during the strike , and Lightfoot had been firm about not wanting to

Chicago teachers flexed their muscle

Lightfoot made national headlines in May when she became the city’s first black, female mayor. Within months, she had to start negotiating with the teachers union as their last contract was about to expire.

Lightfoot had promised during her campaign to boost investment in neighborhood schools; She pledged to add hundreds of social workers, special education case managers, and nurses at schools within the next five years, according to the education news site Chalkbeat.

But teachers were frustrated that she wouldn’t put it in writing — in their contract. After they went on strike, it was included: The contract guarantees that social workers and nurses will not be outside contractors, and the school has committed to investing millions of dollars in training for current and new support staff.

But the fight between teachers and the city was about much more than that.

Illinois’s finances are doing much better than they were in 2012 when the teachers last went on strike. The state’s budget was in the red back then; it was a full-blown financial crisis by 2016. While the city still owes creditors millions of dollars, more state money is flowing to Chicago public schools, which serve a majority of high-poverty neighborhoods.

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Chicago , Illinois - Chicago Public School teachers and students will return to school on Friday after educators reached a contract deal with the United States's third-largest school district, ending strike that began on And so in the spirit of compromise, we agreed. It was a hard-fought discussion.

Chicago – Chicago teachers and the nation’s third-largest school district reached a labor contract deal on Thursday, ending a strike that canceled 11 days of Lightfoot and Sharkey met privately at City Hall on Thursday as teachers protested outside in the snow. The mayor eventually emerged from her

Chicago saw a surge in tax revenue last year, and teachers want part of the $181 million surplus to go toward hiring more teachers and nurses, and to more social services. That’s why they were demanding an investment in affordable housing — an unusual request from teachers during bargaining talks.

Housing is a crucial issue in Chicago, where black residents have been hurt by historic segregation, disinvestment in their communities, and a growing affordable-housing crisis. Lightfoot says she wants to address affordable housing in the city, but she doesn’t want that to be part of a contract with teachers.

“Affordable housing is a critical issue that affects residents across Chicago, and everyone’s voices need to be heard during this process,” Mayor Lightfoot said in a statement last month. “As such, the [teachers union] collective bargaining agreement is not the appropriate place for the City to legislate its affordable housing policy.”

But teachers were confident that they could get what they wanted, and they had reason to think so.

A wave of teachers strikes has proven successful

Frustration over stagnant teacher wages, crumbling infrastructure, and deep budget cuts to education fueled a wave of teacher protests in conservative states in 2018. Educators went on strike in Arizona,West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma, forcing state lawmakers to raise teacher pay and spend more on schools.

But progressive states weren’t immune to the unrest, even though they tend to pay teachers higher salaries. And Chicago has seen teacher strikes not too long ago, in 2012.

When tens of thousands of teachers went on strike in Los Angeles in January, it was a sign that the movement had expanded beyond the red states where it began and could lead more progressive cities and states to reexamine their investment in public education, too. As part of the deal to end the strike, LA teachers were able to negotiate smaller class sizes and the district agreed to hire more nurses, guidance counselors, librarians, and support staff.

That’s what “bargaining for the common good” looks like. It’s a strategy that seems to pay off. LA teachers inspired Chicago teachers to fight for similar gains — and got most of them.

School's back for 300,000 Chicago students after 11-day teachers' strike .
School's back for 300,000 Chicago students after 11-day teachers' strikeTeachers on Wednesday approved a five-year tentative agreement with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) that includes a 16% raise for teachers, additional social workers and nurses, enforceable class-size caps and extra support for English language learners and special education.

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