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US Chicago teachers strike enters ninth school day

09:15  29 october  2019
09:15  29 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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CHICAGO, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools officials remained huddled behind closed doors in the early hours of Tuesday with no deal in sight as negotiations to settle a teachers strike dragged on.

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 23: Thousands of demonstrators take to the streets, stopping traffic and circling City Hall in a show support for the ongoing teachers strike on October 23, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Union teachers and school staff members are demanding more funding from the city in order to lower class sizes, hire more support staff, and build new affordable housing for the 16,000 Chicago Public Schools students whose families are homeless. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)© 2019 Getty Images CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 23: Thousands of demonstrators take to the streets, stopping traffic and circling City Hall in a show support for the ongoing teachers strike on October 23, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Union teachers and school staff members are demanding more funding from the city in order to lower class sizes, hire more support staff, and build new affordable housing for the 16,000 Chicago Public Schools students whose families are homeless. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)

Students in the third-largest U.S. school district were expected to miss a ninth day of school on Tuesday as negotiators grappled over class sizes, support staff levels and pay.

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The union announced just before midnight that it planned to stay at the table until a tentative agreement was hammered out.

CPS officials made a similar pledge, Chicago media reported, vowing to stay at the table for as long as it took.

The strike is the latest in a recent wave of work stoppages across the United States by educators who have called for more school resources and emphasized the need to help underfunded schools, framing their demands as a call for social justice.

The strike in Chicago is the second longest in recent memory. A teachers strike in Union City, California, in June lasted three weeks.

Number of social workers a key sticking point in Chicago teachers strike

  Number of social workers a key sticking point in Chicago teachers strike Number of social workers a key sticking point in Chicago teachers strikeCHICAGO (Reuters) - As the Chicago teachers strike enters a sixth school day on Thursday, negotiations are hung up in part on the question of how many social workers the third-largest U.S. school system can afford for its 300,000 students.

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), which represents 25,000 teachers, wants smaller class sizes, more support staff, a contract that runs three years instead of five and more paid prep-time for elementary school teachers.

Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Janice Jackson said in a video posted on Twitter on Monday afternoon the district's proposal addressed overcrowding and understaffing that have "gone unaddressed for years, even generations" in the district of more than 300,000 students.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in the same video: "CTU told us, told their membership and told the entire public that they wanted this contract to transform public education in Chicago. That is exactly what our offer does."

The union, which has been without a contract since July 1, voted earlier this month to go on strike if a deal was not reached. Teachers have picketed in front of many of the district's 500 schools and have held several rallies on Chicago's downtown area since the strike started on Oct. 17.

"I think she's digging in for a long strike. If what she is doing is trying to test our resolve, that's a mistake," CTU president Jesse Sharkey said on Monday, referring to Lightfoot.

The strike is the first major test for Lightfoot, a political newcomer elected in April. She has said the district could not afford the union's full demands, estimating they would cost an extra $2.4 billion each year for an increase of more than 30% in the current $7.7 billion school budget. (Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Chicago; Additional reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Paul Tait)

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