Mayor Calls Looming CPS Teachers Strike Unnecessary

Craig Dellimore
September 20, 2019 - 2:06 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said there’s no reason why the school year should be interrupted.

Speaking at Solorio Academy High School on Thursday, Lightfoot told reporters that a contract agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union is within reach. The Chicago Public Schools is offering a 16 percent pay hike over five years and has talked about hiring more nurses, librarians and social workers. 

The mayor said the city and CPS are looking for the CTU to be partners in resolving the differences between them.

"I'm willing to also personally be at the table but we've got to have direction and partnership with the CTU," Lightfoot said. 

What does the mayor mean by that?

She said the CTU has not responded to the various contract proposals school officials have offered and could take the next steps to help avoid a threatened teachers strike.

Speaking at the same event, CPS CEO Janice Jackson echoed the sentiment, saying there is no reason for the school year to be disrupted by a walkout.

"We're just looking forward to landing this," Jackson said.