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08-26-2011, 09:36 AM
From Chicago Tribune (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-teachers-rejecti-offer-0826-20110826,0,5877369.story) by Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah and Joel Hood:

The Chicago Teachers Union has formally rejected a 2 percent pay raise for elementary school teachers in exchange for working longer school days, putting pressure on Chicago Public Schools to improve the offer or risk a standoff.

"We fully support a better, smarter school day for our children, but teachers are now being asked to work 29 percent longer for only a 2 percent pay increase," union President Karen Lewis said. "To that we say, 'Thanks but no thanks.'"

CPS chief Jean-Claude Brizard floated the idea of 2 percent raises for elementary school teachers as a compromise after weeks of contentious rhetoric over longer school days, which Brizard and Mayor Rahm Emanuel support.

Brizard said he was "disappointed" by the union's response but believed the two sides could still work together.

"My hope is (Lewis) counters and isn't just turning this down," he said.

On Wednesday, CPS' governing board approved a $5.9 billion budget for next school year that included rescinding a 4 percent pay raise for teachers agreed to in the current contract.

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