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Thu Oct 31, 2019, 02:13 PM

Chicago Teacher's Strike is Over

The Chicago Teachers Union strike is over after 11 school days, and students will return to class on Friday.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the end of the walkout after a lengthy closed-door meeting with CTU officials, resulting in an agreement that five days lost to the strike will be made up.

That issue arose as an 11th-hour glitch late Wednesday when, despite the union’s House of Delegates approving a tentative contract deal, the CTU said it was contingent on teachers being able to make up all the lost school days.

Lightfoot staunchly opposed that, and angrily said late Wednesday she was through negotiating. But she relented Thursday morning, saying she was available to talk about a compromise but wouldn’t accept “unilateral demands” from the union.

Union officials said it wasn’t perfect but that they received many of their demands, including enforceable class size caps and a nurse and social worker in every school.


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