Teachers’ Strike Appears Imminent; Union Says No Deal To Avoid Walkout
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said late Sunday that “We have failed to reach an agreement that will prevent a labor strike.”
A short time earlier, Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale said talks had ended for the night, after more than 20 offers from the district to the Chicago Teachers Union over the past week.
“We assume that we’re basically done today, from our standpoint,” Vitale said, adding that he’d been trying to reach CTU President Karen Lewis for the past hour, with no success.
The union was scheduled to hold its own news conference at 10 p.m. to discuss contract talks.
Vitale said he believes Chicago Public Schools officials have made their best possible offer to teachers.
“There’s only so much money in the system. There’s only so many things that we can do that are available to us,” Vitale said. “At this juncture, it is clearly their decision. … We’ve done everything we can.” read the rest