No Contract Deal as Teachers Strike Enters Tenth Day

Negotiators have met for 23 days straight. Students have been out of class for 10, and tensions between the leaders of the city's powerful teachers union and the mayor are rising.

The Chicago Teachers Union released a statement Tuesday night, shaming the mayor and Chicago Public Schools for sending out misleading information. The union says CPS was giving parents and students false hope on where negotiations stand.

Parents and teachers got a robocall saying CTU's House of Delegates might vote on the new deal, meaning classes would resume Wednesday. But CTU says there was never a tentative agreement on the table the HOD could approve, even if they wanted to.

CTU President Jesse Sharkey says there is a possibility that an agreement could come Wednesday morning, but as of now, they haven't settled on everything.

After Mayor Lori Lightfoot's meeting with Sharkey and CTU's vice president Tuesday, she says there are three issues still being debated: prep time, changing up the issues which they can strike over and endorsing the union's plan for an elected school board.

Sharkey says he understands the frustration in many CPS households, but this is a historic strike, one that could make a difference.

“A lot has been achieved in these negotiations,” Sharkey says. “No one wants a teachers strike, least of all teachers. We have been missing our students. We have not been paid, obviously. And some of the things we have talked about, which progress has been made, are things which [will] eventually, I think, transform a lot of things about schools.”

Since the strike has led to the tenth day of missed classes, under state law CPS has to make up those days later in the school year.

10/30/19 11:31AM