CTU Continues To Count Votes On 5-Year Contract Deal

Jim Gudas
November 15, 2019 - 8:27 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The votes continue to be counted Friday night at Chicago Teachers Union headquarters on the five-year contract deal that ended last month’s teachers strike.

As he watched the votes being counted, CTU President Jesse Sharkey said he didn’t expect teachers to be totally happy with the contract.

Sharkey said the fact Chicago teachers lack bargaining rights held by other teachers in the state, and the fact teachers lost six pay days because of the strike, are just a couple of reasons why not every teacher is satisfied with the contract.

Sharkey continued, saying the union also plans to keep fighting for various issues including raising taxes on higher-income Chicagoans and providing additional services to all city schools. He also said the union will continue to insist that school resources are distributed equally across the city.

Highlights of the five-year contract include a 16-percent pay hike for teachers, a commitment of 35 million dollars to enforce limits on the number of students in classrooms, and a promise that every Chicago public school will have nurses and social workers by 2023.