With No Contract Deal by Deadline in Chicago, Teachers Will Strike
Members of the Chicago Teachers Union distributed strike signs as the deadline approached.
By MONICA DAVEY; Published: September 9, 2012
CHICAGO — Union leaders for this city’s public schoolteachers said that they would strike on Monday morning after negotiations ended late Sunday with no contract agreement between the union and the nation’s third largest school system, which have been locked for months in a dispute over wages, job security and teacher evaluations.
Coming as the school year had barely begun for many, the impasse and looming strike were expected to affect hundreds of thousands of families here, some of whom had spent the weekend scrambling to rearrange work schedules, find alternative programs and hire baby sitters if school was out for some time.
Chicago Public Schools officials, visibly frustrated after talks broke off late Sunday night, expressed concern for the estimated 350,000 students the strike could affect. Continue reading “With No Contract Deal by Deadline in Chicago, Teachers Will Strike”