US Chicago mayor begs teachers to return to classrooms amid ongoing strike
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 thewhile continuing negotiations.
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
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.
"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.
"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 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.
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.
For its part, the Chicago Teachers Union posted various videos of multiple strikes happening across the city Monday.
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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