A rally at Union Park
brought out thousands of teachers, parents, and union supporters from
Chicago, Wisconsin, Indiana and abroad as the school board and Chicago
Teachers Union representatives continued to work on contract
negotiations Saturday afternoon.
Union President Karen
Lewis drew loud applause and chants of “Karen for Mayor” from the crowd
as she took the stage at about 2:30 p.m.
Lewis said union negotiators were given a written framework
for a contract on Friday, with details and completed language to be
discussed on Sunday. But she said that doesn’t mean the strike is about
“We are still on strike. We only have a framework
for an agreement, not an agreement,” Lewis said. “Until you hear it from
the CTU, we are on strike.”