View Full Version : Local News Chicago school board and teachers union turn down mediator's report - teacher strike looming

07-19-2012, 01:04 PM
From WBEZ (http://www.wbez.org/news/education/chicago-school-board-and-teachers-union-turn-down-mediators-report-101007) by Becky Vevea and Linda Lutton:

Chicago got closer to a possible teachers strike Wednesday afternoon as the Chicago Board of Education and the Chicago Teachers Union rejected the recommendations made by an outside mediator in the ongoing contract negotiations between the union and the financially strapped school district.

The votes to reject the proposal start a 30-day clock ticking. Teachers, who have already authorized a strike, could walk out if no deal is reached by the end of that period. School starts for about one-third of the district’s students on August 13.

Independent “fact finder” Edwin Benn had suggested a 15 to 20 percent raise for teachers in the first year alone. The school district has put the cost of such a raise at $330 million and says it would mean 4,000 teacher layoffs and drastic increases in class sizes.

Board members voted 6 to 0 to reject the offer at a special meeting Wednesday afternoon. Board member Henry Bienen was not present.

The Chicago Teachers Union’s governing body, the House of Delegates, also unanimously rejected the fact-finder's report this afternoon.

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