Articles By Yana Kunichoff, Chalkbeat Chicago
The Chicago Teachers Strike enters its second week.
School buildings will be open and students will be served breakfast and lunch at schools, and then be offered dinner to take home,
Negotiators remain deadlocked over adding support positions such as nurses and social workers.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she was disappointed that the union plans to walk out despite the city offering what she called a “historic package.”
The union’s Tuesday night announcement came just hours after Mayor Lori Lightfoot told reporters that she was ready to write staffing and class size promises into the union contract.
Bargaining between City Hall and the Chicago Teachers Union will resume Tuesday but less than 48 hours remain before a strike could begin.
“We have bent over backwards to meet CTU’s concerns," the mayor's office said in a statement. But the CTU called the offer "inequitable."
The CTU says the city is ignoring the union’s demands for contractual commitments to increase staffing and lower class sizes.
Teachers will walk out and potentially shut down 500-some public schools on Oct. 17. That’s the same day that a separate union representing school aides has threatened to strike.