The Chicago Teachers Union voted Tuesday afternoon to end its
strike, according to multiple media outlets, meaning all Chicago
Public Schools will be open Wednesday for the first time in 12
The union's house of delegates agreed to end the first teachers
strike in 25 years after several hours debating at a closed meeting
held near Chinatown. Details of the meeting were not immediately
made public by the union, but
according to Crain's Chicago Business' Greg Hinz,
the delegates also tentatively decided to recommend the contract
Rank-and-file teachers still must vote on the contract, but
classes will be in session while they do that over the course of
the next few weeks.
The new contract gives teachers a 3 percent cost-of-living raise
in the contract's first year, followed by 2 percent raises in the
second and third years. An optional fourth year for the contract
would offer a 3 percent raise again, if both the union and CPS
agree to extend the deal.
On one of the most contentious issues - how teachers would be
laid off and rehired if schools closed - the two sides said they
came to a compromise.
According to fact sheets distributed by CPS and the union over
the past few days, principals maintain the right to hire the
teachers they want. At schools slated to be closed or consolidated,
highly-rated teachers have the opportunity to follow their students
to new schools, with spots being given out in order of best
performance. Half of all teachers hired must be laid-off CTU
Ben Meyerson is the editor of Chicago Journal.
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