Now that Chicago Teachers Union members have ratified a new contract, CTU President Karen Lewis detailed what comes next for the union and Chicago Public Schools district.
“We will work with them to shore up their financial issues by promoting legislation that will adequately and equitably fund all of Illinois’ schools,” she said during a speech before the City Club of Chicago.
In discussing the vote results, Lewis said, “What I can tell you is that the level of distrust between the district, parents, educators and communities is still high, and will need a lot of work to repair these wounds.”
With a potential strike looming, unionized Chicago teachers at the UNO Charter School Network (UCSN) rallied with their allies Thursday afternoon in their push for a “fair contract.”
They picketed outside the charter network’s downtown headquarters, 209 W. Jackson Boulevard, with signs that read: “We don’t want to strike but we’re ready” and “We will fight for a fair contract.”
“Our students are all low income, and (UCSN has) offices down here in this fancy building, and they’re not willing to make cuts at the top” to improve the quality of education for students, said Erica Stewart.
The union representing Illinois government workers released an ad this week calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to return to the negotiating table. AFSCME alleges that Rauner has failed to engage in contract talks with the union since January.