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Chicago Teachers Reach Tentative Contract But Continue Strike over Lost Days

HeadlineOct 31, 2019

The Chicago Teachers Union reached a tentative contract agreement Wednesday with their city’s public school system, but returned to picket lines today after Mayor Lori Lightfoot refused their request to add extra school days to this year’s calendar to make up for class time lost to the strike. The tentative deal would bring Chicago teachers a 16% pay raise over five years and would add $35 million to efforts to reduce class sizes. In related news, SEIU Local 73, the union representing Chicago school support staff, approved their new contract with 97% of the workers voting yes and a strong vow to stay in solidarity with the Chicago Teachers Union. Their deal follows a seven-day strike.

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