US Chicago mayor begs teachers to return to classrooms amid ongoing 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.
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.
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.
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.
What the Colors Worn by Striking Chicago Teachers Mean
A sea of people wearing red, purple and black will soon flow through Chicago's Loop amid a days-long teachers strike in the city. According to the Chicago Teachers Union, each color worn during the march has a meaning.
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 ok tentative agreement but strike goes on .
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's teachers union voted to approve a tentative contract agreement with city officials, Wednesday, but have refused to return to work pointing to the failure of the city's mayor to agree to additional days in the school year to makeup days lost during the strike. The Chicago Teachers Union tweeted late Wednesday that while they have a tentative agreement with Chicago Public Schools, they "do not have a return to workThe Chicago Teachers Union tweeted late Wednesday that while they have a tentative agreement with Chicago Public Schools, they "do not have a return to work agreement.
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