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US Chicago classes canceled Thursday ahead of expected teacher strike

17:30  16 october  2019
17:30  16 october  2019 Source:   latimes.com

Chicago Teachers Union says members to prepare for likely strike on Thursday

  Chicago Teachers Union says members to prepare for likely strike on Thursday The Chicago Teachers Union said late Tuesday it still has no contract deal and that its members will prepare for a likely strike on Thursday. © E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU members march through the Loop in Chicago on October 14, 2019. Though CTU President Jesse Sharkey said there’s still an outside chance of averting a walkout, he said the bargaining team “cannot recommend postponing the strike” because Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s bargaining team hasn’t come close enough to meeting their demands.

The Chicago Teachers Union voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike , union officials announced Thursday . The Chicago Public Schools CEO says the offer of a 16% raise over Chicago Teachers Union members cheer at a rally ahead of a potential strike . Scott Heins/Getty Images hide caption.

Teachers in Chicago are calling on district leaders to reduce class sizes. More than 1,000 members of local teachers unions marched on Monday just ahead of a scheduled teacher ’s strike this Thursday . Teachers , staff and their supporters march through downtown Chicago , Monday, Oct.

CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools classes are canceled Thursday ahead of a planned teacher strike.

Emil Minty et al. posing for the camera: Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU members march through the Loop in Chicago on October 14, 2019.© E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU members march through the Loop in Chicago on October 14, 2019.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she can’t accept the Chicago Teachers Unions’ demands, saying they would cost $2.5 billion that the city can’t afford.

“We value the workers … Honoring that value is who I am and what I stand for,” the mayor said. “But I also must be responsible for the taxpayers who pay for everything that goes on.”

CPS strike: Negotiations continue as Chicago teacers strike for second day

  CPS strike: Negotiations continue as Chicago teacers strike for second day Some 300,000 Chicago schoolchildren are out of class for the second day in a row Friday, as negotiations continue between the city and thousands of striking educators. A senior city official told CNN on Thursday the two sides are "still pretty far apart" and the strike probably will go through the weekend. "We understand that's hard for parents," Jesse Sharkey, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, told reporters Friday morning. "But it's a short-term disruption for what we hope is a long-term commitment to educational justice in this city.

CHICAGO -- Chicago teachers are calling for district leaders to meet their demands on class sizes just days before a threatened strike that would affect thousands of students in the country's third-largest Talks continued ahead of Thursday 's strike date. Both sides described a weekend session as positive.

LOS ANGELES — There are 900 schools, 30,000 teachers and more than 600,000 students in the Los Angeles public school system. By the end of the week, a teacher strike could throw them all into crisis. After months of failed negotiations, teachers are expected to walk off the job on Thursday

CTU President Jesse Sharkey announced late Tuesday that the union’s bargaining “cannot recommend postponing the strike” because Lightfoot’s camp hasn’t provided adequate resources to improve conditions and equity in the schools.

CPS CEO Janice Jackson said classes were canceled on the expectation that the union’s House of Delegates will vote with their bargaining team’s recommendation to go forward with a strike. The delegates are scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re assuming that the House of Delegates will vote today to move forward with a strike, and as a result all classes and after school activities will be cancelled tomorrow,” CPS CEO Janice Jackson said. “This includes team practices and competitions, tutoring, field trips, internships, Parent University activities and all other community activities.”

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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.

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