Chicago Teachers Union leader on city lawyer strike comments:

Oct 19, 2019 by

‘Rich white men tell black women … in CPS what to do all the time’

Chicago teachers union negotiations are heading into the weekend after the second day of a teachers strike ended without a contract deal.

Once again, union officials pointed to progress — particularly in getting a written counterproposal on one of their major concerns, getting more nurses, librarians, social workers, special education case managers and bilingual teachers into schools.

But once again, the union repeatedly said the offers still haven’t gone far enough.

“This is something we’ve been fighting and fighting for, and we finally did see some proposals,” said Emily Penn, a CPS school social worker. “We’re relieved the district actually put it in writing. … It is not enough. Hopefully, we can continue to bargain in good faith.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS CEO Janice Jackson put out a statement late Friday that their latest offers on staffing and class sizes show they are “working to the core issues that CTU has said are central to reaching an agreement — in writing.”

The statement also said: “We are encouraged that today’s negotiations were productive and yielded real movement on a number of key issues.”

That appeared to be a shift from the mayor’s comment earlier Friday that the school district’s offer would not be sweetened financially.

Source: Chicago Teachers Union leader on city lawyer strike comments: ‘Rich white men tell black women … in CPS what to do all the time’ – Chicago Tribune

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