Classes Canceled Tuesday, Chicago Teachers' Strike Continues

Andy Dahn
October 21, 2019 - 6:56 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Public Schools will not have classes on Tuesday, as the teachers’ strike continues.

On Monday, thousands of teachers and support staff took their demands to the street. Members of the Chicago Teachers Union began striking last Thursday, though negotiations continue with the Board of Education over a new  contract.

"We're not to be taken lightly and you're not going to step on us anymore," bus aide Althea McCaskill said during the latest rally. "We're not just fighting for money. We're fighting for justice. We're fighting for respect. We're fighting to be heard. And better pay. Pay us what we're worth."

Monday’s demonstration began with a rainy but raucous rally at Union Park, where the massive crowd heard from speakers like Diamonte Brown, President of the Baltimore Teachers Union.

"You are setting a precedent for us to fight," she told the crowd. "You are making us fight. You won't get anything unless you stand your ground."

The CTU and SEIU march briefly stopped in front of McDonald's headquarters at Randolph and Carpenter, where the crowd chanted, "Hold our burgers. Hold our fries. Make our wages super-sized!"

The CTU went on strike in 2012 for seven days.