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Politics Presidential candidate Warren slated to join striking Chicago teachers at rally

13:35  22 october  2019
13:35  22 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Chicago teachers continue strike as sides remain far apart on contract

  Chicago teachers continue strike as sides remain far apart on contract  Mutual frustration was on display between the Chicago Teachers Union and Mayor Lori Lightfoot's camp late Thursday as the sides remain far apart on a contract deal on the first day of a teachers strike. While the union said progress was made, it wasn't enough to keep classes from being canceled for a second day Friday.

(Reuters) - Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren , a Democrat, is expected to rally with striking Chicago school teachers on Tuesday as a Late on Monday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called for the union to end the strike and make a deal with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

The senator and presidential candidate will join the city ’s teachers , school support staff and other unions — including striking GM workers from Detroit — at Democratic presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders from Vermont is coming to Chicago Tuesday to join a 7 p.m. labor rally at CTU

(Reuters) - Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, is expected to rally with striking Chicago school teachers on Tuesday as a work-stoppage led to classes being canceled for a fourth-day in the third-largest U.S. school system.

FILE PHOTO: Senator Elizabeth Warren does an interview in the Spin Room after the fourth Democratic U.S. 2020 presidential election debate at Otterbein University  in Westerville, Ohio© Reuters/Aaron Josefczyk FILE PHOTO: Senator Elizabeth Warren does an interview in the Spin Room after the fourth Democratic U.S. 2020 presidential election debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio

Warren, a Massachusetts senator, is scheduled to visit with striking Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) teachers in the morning, according to her campaign.

"I'm standing beside them," she said in a video tweet on Sunday. "They're out fighting for the future of our students - and I'm with them all the way."

CTU Says Mayor 'Dashed Hopes' for Quick Settlement

  CTU Says Mayor 'Dashed Hopes' for Quick Settlement It appears the Chicago Teachers Union strike won't end any time soon after Mayor Lori Lightfoot sent the union a letter on Monday that CTU President Jesse Sharkey said “dashed hopes” for a quick settlement. In the letter, It appears the Chicago Teachers Union strike won't end any time soon after Mayor Lori Lightfoot sent the union a letter on Monday that CTU President Jesse Sharkey said “dashed hopes” for a quick settlement.

The Chicago Teachers Union has received the backing of two big-name supporters - Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren - as the clock ticks closer to a potential teachers strike . Sanders was scheduled to join a labor rally for CTU and the Service

Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is set to join “I called Chicago teachers on strike to let them know I’m standing beside them,” Warren wrote on Twitter. Sanders rallied and gave a speech at the union’s Near West Side headquarters last month, before

The teacher's union called the work stoppage last week after contract negotiations failed to produce a deal on pay, overcrowding in schools and a lack of support staff such as nurses and social workers.

Warren, a leading progressive voice for the Democrats, is one of the top contenders aiming to secure her party's presidential nomination and face off next year against President Donald Trump.

About 300,000 students have been out of school since Thursday when the system's 25,000 teachers went on strike.

Late on Monday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called for the union to end the strike and make a deal with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

At an earlier news conference, Lightfoot said the city had made written concessions on pay and staffing and urged the union to show "urgency" to reach a deal.

Chicago mayor set to unveil budget, plan for huge deficit

  Chicago mayor set to unveil budget, plan for huge deficit Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is expected to detail how the nation's third-largest city should deal with an $838 million budget deficit when she delivers her budget address to the City Council. Lightfoot's speech set for Wednesday morning comes on the fifth day of canceled classes during a strike by Chicago Public Schools teachers. The city's budget Lightfoot will address is separate from the school district's.Lightfoot has already said her budget proposal will include a tax on solo riders using ride-hailing services in or out of downtown and doubling the tax on food and drinks in restaurants.

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders headlined a rally at Chicago Teachers Union headquarters on Sept. 24, 2019, the first day of a union strike vote. Leading up to Sanders’ Chicago appearance, two other presidential contenders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden

Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is set to travel to Chicago on Tuesday to join the city ’s striking teachers and school support staff on the picket line. Warren is one of several presidential candidates who have posted messages and videos of support on social media leading up to and throughout the work

a group of people holding a sign: FILE PHOTO: Teachers picket near New Field Elementary School on the second day day of a teachers' strike in Chicago© Reuters/JOHN GRESS FILE PHOTO: Teachers picket near New Field Elementary School on the second day day of a teachers' strike in Chicago The strike is the latest in a wave of work stoppages in U.S. school districts in which demands for school resources have superseded calls for higher salaries and benefits.

In Chicago and elsewhere, teachers have emphasized the need to help underfunded schools, framing their demands as a call for social justice.

Union President Jesse Sharkey said during an evening news conference that Lightfoot's proposal only addresses 20 percent of overcrowded classes and her support staff proposals do not adequately meet the needs of the district.

"I find my hopes dashed," he said. "Unless there is a change at the top of this city in regard to their willingness to make meaningful changes, we are not likely seeing a quick settlement of the current strike."

Lightfoot, who was elected in April, said the district offered a raise for teachers of 16% over five years, but could not afford the union's full demands, which would cost an extra $2.4 billion annually.

Although the latest work stoppage has forced officials to cancel classes and sports events, school buildings are staying open for children in need of a place to go.

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Chicago; Additional reporting by Joseph Ax in New York and Rich McKay in Atlanta; editing by Richard Pullin)

As the Chicago teachers' strike enters its 10th day, union says a vote could take place later today .
A vote to end the Chicago teachers' strike could happen Wednesday afternoon if a "tentative" agreement is reached, Chicago Teachers' Union President Jesse Sharkey said. © NurPhoto/Getty Images Striking teachers, school staff, and supporters rally outside the Thompson Center after marching through downtown Chicago on the ninth day of the Chicago Teachers Union strike on October 25, 2019. (Photo by Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Sharkey addressed a group of reporters Tuesday evening after the union's House of Delegates meeting.

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