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US Chicago mayor begs teachers to return to classrooms amid ongoing strike

21:35  21 october  2019
21:35  21 october  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

On 2nd day of Chicago teachers strike, union says progress is 'very inadequate'

  On 2nd day of Chicago teachers strike, union says progress is 'very inadequate' The Chicago teachers strike entered its second day Friday.Negotiations between teachers and the city's school district are still underway, and while there appeared to be some progress, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) said they're not close to reaching a deal.

The mayor of Chicago is asking for the city's teachers union to stop the strike while continuing negotiations.

a group of people wearing costumes: CPS student, Bryce Kelley, 7, listens to speakers following a march by Chicago Teachers Union members and supporters through the streets of Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood during the © Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images CPS student, Bryce Kelley, 7, listens to speakers following a march by Chicago Teachers Union members and supporters through the streets of Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood during the "Nurse in Every School" Solidarity March for Justice, Oct. 21, 2019.

This comes as the strike in the country's third-largest school district enters its fifth day.

Disagreements over pay, benefits and class size are among the top concerns that prompted the strike, which started on Thursday, Oct. 17. Monday marks the third day of school missed as a result of the strike.

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.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot wrote a letter Monday to Chicago Teachers Union president Jesse Sharkey, calling for the teachers to return to the classrooms while negotiations carry on.

"While we have made progress at the bargaining table, it is unclear that we can reach an agreement today given the current pace," Lightfoot wrote in the letter.

a group of people holding a sign: Chicago Teachers Union members and supporters march through the streets of Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood during the © Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images Chicago Teachers Union members and supporters march through the streets of Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood during the "Nurse in Every School" Solidarity March for Justice, Oct. 21, 2019.

"The students and families of Chicago cannot afford to be out of school for any longer, which is why we are asking you to end the strike and encourage your members to return to work while bargaining continues. As someone who is concerned about the success of our students, we hope you see how necessary it is to reopen schools at this time," Lightfoot wrote.

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.

(MORE: Thousands of Chicago teachers go on strike after failing to reach contract deal)

Lightfoot went on to give specific examples of the impact the strike will have on students, from a canceled college fair to the prospect of a prestigious football team being ineligible for the state playoffs, if the strike isn't resolved by Tuesday.

a group of people wearing costumes: Faculty from Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy strike with the Chicago Teachers Union on the corner of N. Ashland Ave. and W. Chicago Ave. in West Town, Oct. 21, 2019.© Camille Fine/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images Faculty from Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy strike with the Chicago Teachers Union on the corner of N. Ashland Ave. and W. Chicago Ave. in West Town, Oct. 21, 2019.

For its part, the Chicago Teachers Union posted various videos of multiple strikes happening across the city Monday.

(MORE: Chicago public school teachers vote to strike if deal can't be reached)

The CTU did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment about Lightfoot's letter, but there is slated to be an update on the negotiations Monday afternoon.

Chicago Teachers Union considering tentative agreement to end strike .
Teachers in Chicago walked out of classrooms on Oct. 17.But the Chicago Teachers Union released a statement late Wednesday saying they "may have reached a monumental agreement." The union is expected to present the tentative deal to its House of Delegates for consideration later that night.

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