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Chicago Teachers Union strike may be over, but continues to affect student athletes

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union walk the streets of Chicago to strike for support staff members, smaller class sizes and paid prep time on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Joey Cahue, Contributing Writer

November 12, 2019

Endless hours of after-school practices, long commutes to away games and late nights buried in books after their games – all this demanding work and preparation could go to waste for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high school athletes hoping to get noticed by college coaches and scouts, due to the Chicago ...

Anxious students felt pinch amid Chicago teachers strike

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union walk past the Loop’s DePaul Center on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Kathleen Foody, Associated Press

October 31, 2019

Deadlines that affected Chicago students and striking teachers loomed over efforts this week to resolve a walkout that canceled classes for 11 days in the nation's third-largest school district. Parents across the city worried about time away from school slowing their kids' progress. The effects o...

Chicago teachers OK tentative agreement but strike goes on

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union's governing body arrive at the union's Near West Side headquarters to vote whether or not to suspend the longest Chicago Public Schools teachers strike in three decades, Wednesday evening, Oct. 30, 2019, in Chicago.

Kathleen Foody, Associated Press

October 30, 2019

Chicago's teachers union voted to approve a tentative contract agreement with city officials Wednesday but refused to end a strike that has canceled two weeks of classes unless the city's mayor adds school days to cover that lost time. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Wednesday night that she would not meet...

Chicago Teachers Union strike continues into third week

Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey (center) and Vice President Stacy Davis Gates (left) join members of to walk the streets of Chicago on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Wendy Blanquel-Garcia, Contributing Writer

October 27, 2019

Forty students in one class, 30 desks for all of them and only one teacher trying to teach and pay attention to each student. This has been a typical day for many overcrowded CPS classrooms during the past few years. Some schools only have a nurse for one day out of the week, and only a few counselor...

Chicago teachers’ strike sidelines athletes, future hopes

Thousands of striking Chicago Teachers Union and their supporters march at City Hall before Mayor Lori Lightfoot was scheduled to deliver her first budget address during the monthly Chicago City Council meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. Classes at Chicago Public Schools were canceled for the fifth day on Wednesday as the Chicago Teachers Union and the district remained at odds over teacher pay, class sizes and additional staff for schools.

John O'Connor, Associated Press

October 25, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A strike by school teachers in Chicago has spread from the picket line to the playing field. Thousands of high school athletes, shut out of class for more than a week, are arguing, rallying and even filing lawsuits for the chance to compete in post-season play. Hanging in...

Warren joins striking Chicago teachers as negotiations stall

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union walk the streets of Chicago to strike for support staff members, smaller class sizes and paid prep time on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Kathleen Foody, Associated Press

October 22, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren called for people across the country to support striking Chicago teachers after joining educators picketing outside an elementary school on Tuesday, the fourth day classes have been canceled in the nation's third-largest school district. The Ma...

Understaffed and overcrowded: Chicago teachers on strike

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union walk past the Loop’s DePaul Center on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Maria Guerrero, Contributing Writer

October 21, 2019

Chicago Public School teachers are currently on strike since Thursday for what they say are necessary school resources. Chicago Teachers Union moved forward with the strike after not coming to an agreement with Mayor Lori Lightfoot.  Curt Maslanka, 59, English teacher and CTU delegate, has been...

Chicago Teachers Union takes to the streets

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union walk the streets of Chicago to strike for support staff members, smaller class sizes and paid prep time on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Ryan Gilroy, Staff Writer

October 21, 2019

The Chicago Teachers Union formed picket lines and peacefully walked the streets of Chicago on Thursday and Friday after failing to reach an agreement with Chicago Public Schools. At 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, members of the union met outside of nearly every school within the Chicago public school district...

Chicago strike means day off for some, emergency for others

A student pours milk on his cereal as Mayor Lori Lightfoot passes out breakfast to Chicago Public Schools students at a contingency site, Gads Hill Center Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Striking Chicago teachers have returned to the picket lines for a second day as union and city bargainers try to hammer out a contract in the nation's third-largest school district.

Kathleen Foody and Don Babwin

October 19, 2019

Chicago parents leaned on family, friends and community groups as 25,000 teachers in the nation's third-largest school district went on strike this past week, canceling classes for more than 300,000 kids. For some families, the Chicago Teachers Union walkout meant a day off and a bit of inconvenience...

School’s out: Chicago teachers strike

Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Davis Gates, center, other union officials and their supporters lead thousands of striking union members on a march through the Loop, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Chicago. Striking teachers went on strike after their union and city officials failed to reach a contract deal in the nation's third-largest school district.

Kathleen Foody and Don Babwin

October 18, 2019

Striking teachers marched in picket lines outside hundreds of Chicago schools on Thursday after their union and city officials failed to reach a contract deal in the nation's third-largest school district, canceling classes for more than 300,000 students for the duration of a walkout that seemed likely...

Sanders rallies Chicago Teachers Union, demands change in national priotities

Supporters cheer as presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally at the Chicago Teachers Union headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in Chicago.

Brita Hunegs, Staff Writer

September 30, 2019

Autumn has arrived in Chicago. Michigan Avenue is patterned with fallen leaves. The temperature has begun to fall. And disputes over labor rights are in full swing. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) announced on Thursday that 94 percent of its 25,000 members voted in favor of authorizing a strike. The vo...

Teachers union vs. school board: Chicago’s contract debate

Karen Lewis (right) leads the charge at the Chicago Teachers Union strike in 2012. It was the first strike in 25 years and current contract negotiations may cause conflict again. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Brenden Moore

May 10, 2015

Opening shots were fired between the cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) last week after the school board declined to extend its contract with the teachers, instead giving them an “insulting” initial offer of a seven percent decrease in take-home pay. R...

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