Chicago teachers union goes on strike

National News

October 17, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Chicago Teachers Union members pick up picket signs ahead of the pending strike at the CTU Center on Wednesday, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers went on strike today, marching on picket lines after failing to reach a contract deal with the nation’s third-largest school district in a dispute that canceled classes for more than 300,000 students.

The strike came after the Chicago Teachers Union confirmed Wednesday night that its 25,000 members would not return to their classrooms. It follows months of negotiations between the union and Chicago Public Schools that failed to resolve disputes over pay and benefits, class size and teacher preparation time.

The strike is Chicago’s first major walkout by teachers since 2012 and city officials announced early Wednesday that all classes were canceled for Thursday in hopes of giving more planning time for parents.

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