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US 'We could end this within a couple days,' Chicago Teachers Union president says at beginning of third day without classes

19:51  21 october  2019
19:51  21 october  2019 Source:   chicagotribune.com

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The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is a labor union representing teachers , paraprofessionals, and clinicians in the Chicago public school system.

The Chicago teachers union is on its second day of striking after contract negotiations with city officials broke down on Friday.

CHICAGO — Monday was the third day without classes in Chicago public schools, with picket lines remaining up around the city as union officials reported some progress during weekend talks.

Teachers and support staff were out in front of Chicago schools again Monday morning after staying out of school starting Thursday. The strike has sent about 25,000 teachers and 7,000 support staff to pickets line and kept about 300,000 students out of class and extracurricular activities, although school buildings staffed by principals and non-striking staff have been open for child care and meals.

“We could end this within a couple days. But there would need to be a commitment on the mayor’s part to do that,” Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey said while standing Monday morning at a picket line at William P. Gray Elementary School in Portage Park.

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The Chicago Teachers Union and city leaders each praised “progress” made at the bargaining table as the teachers ’ strike entered its third day , but Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Saturday she’d be “surprised” if a deal can be hammered out in time for classes to resume Monday.

CHICAGO — Lori Lightfoot swept into office as Chicago ’s mayor this year promising to end inequities that The teachers ’ strike, which has canceled two days of classes for more than 300,000 public school students The Chicago Teachers Union backed an opponent of Ms. Lightfoot in the election

“We’re holding strong and things look good,” he told teachers. “After 10 months of telling us that they would not bargain over class size and staffing, we saw written proposals over class size and staffing.”

Sharkey said there have been a few sticking points. One is the desire for a nurse in every school every day. Another is fixing the way pay stagnates for teachers in their last 20 years. Sharkey said those are the teachers who mentor and show younger teachers how to do the job.

“I’m not saying we’re going to fall asleep tonight in Portage Park and wake up in Winnetka … but we want to see progress,” Sharkey said to cheers from the teachers on the picket line.

Noting that his two children attend Chicago public schools, Sharkey said his oldest’s soccer team made it into the playoffs and “still really isn’t speaking to me.” Sharkey added that he understands the frustration, but that “no one wants to get back into the classroom more than the teachers in the city of Chicago.”

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The Chicago Teachers Union and city leaders each praised “progress” made at the bargaining table as the teachers ’ strike ended its third day , but Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Saturday she’d be “surprised” if a deal can be hammered out in time for classes to resume Monday. CTU president Jesse Sharkey

On Friday, the second day of the Chicago Teachers Union strike, union leaders said that contract negotiations have seen some progress but that teachers and Chicago Public Schools have more work to do before achieving "educational justice" for the city 's 300,000 public school students—not just

“This is the best-in-a-generation opportunity to do some important things,” he said. “We’re going to hold firm for the resources we need. We’re going to hold firm as a city and as a union.”

Class sizes remain a sticking point, though the city put some language in writing on Sunday.

One middle school teacher who spoke outside Gray, Kaitlyn Jensen, said she teaches special education classes that are supposed to have a limit of 12 students in each self-contained classroom. She said she’s sat in on classes where there were 18 special education students. Sharkey added to her point, saying some of these students may be nonverbal, may require medication every day, or may be in a wheelchair. He reiterated his call for a nurse in each school.

“Although we want a fast settlement we’re going to hold fast for a just settlement,” he said.

At a news conference late Sunday, union officials said they made progress on smaller class sizes and counselors. The union made a counterproposal, a CTU member said.

The two sides spent time Sunday discussing affordable housing and rent control. But according to an administration source, the mayor’s side reiterated its opposition to putting those issues in a contract, where it says they don’t belong.

The union also got language added into the contract to ensure pre-K classrooms have a 10-1 student-to-adult ratio, an official announced Sunday night.

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