Chicago Teachers Strike Enters 11th Day After Tentative Deal Struck
The Chicago teachers strike marked its 11th day of canceled classes Thursday, even after a tentative agreement was reached the day before.
The Chicago Teachers Union’s leadership announced Wednesday that a “tentative deal” was reached with Chicago Public Schools, but cautioned that the strike still remained in effect as negotiations continued over making up school days missed during the work stoppage.
Moments before a meeting of CTU’s House of Delegates, the union said in a statement that it was prepared to take a tentative agreement to its leadership for “consideration” but only if “CPS and the mayor agree to make up lost school days at the end of the year.”
“Why is the mayor taking out her anger over the strike on CPS students by reducing instructional time?” CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates tweeted. “The CTU may have reached a monumental agreement and want to convene our HoD to suspend the strike.”
While the agreement was announced just after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, the CTU says that no agreement has been reached on making up lost school days, and planned to rally at City Hall Thursday morning to encourage Mayor Lori Lightfoot to change her stance on the issue.
More than 25,000 teachers and support staff in CTU, as well as roughly 7,500 school employees in Service Employees International Union Local 73, went on strike Oct. 17, canceling school for more than 300,000 students in the country’s third-largest school district. SEIU announced a tentative agreement with the district on Sunday but said its members would continue to picket with CTU until a deal is reached.