The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has approved a second strike authorization vote, which will run from Sept. 21st to Sept. 23rd.
This action came as union members began their first week of the academic year for Chicago Public Schools. By repeating the voting step that occurred last December, union leaders hope to remobilize members and avoid legal action from the city or state to halt a potential strike.
Eighty-eight percent of all teachers who voted in December authorized the strike. CTU officials expect more members to vote in favor of the strike authorization in this month’s upcoming vote.
While there are rumors of a strike occurring as soon as October, CTU’s president has not provided a potential timetable for a strike. She has said that the union will provide an advanced notice of 10 days when necessary.
The city’s teachers have not been under contract since June of 2015. This second strike authorization vote is the latest development in the unresolved bargaining that has gone on for more than a year between the CTU and Chicago Public Schools.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has urged both sides to focus on reaching a settlement in order to prevent disrupting classrooms. The union and the school system are divided over issues such as compensation and raises for teachers.
While both the mayor and school officials have recently highlighted reports of improving academic progress in Chicago schools, the CTU president says teachers are responsible for the gains, not the school system or government.
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