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09-07-2012, 10:19 AM
From Chicago Sun-Times (http://www.suntimes.com/news/education/14994131-418/chicago-teachers-contract-talks-take-positive-turn-ctu-official-says.html) by Rosalind Rossi:

Chicago teacher contract talks resume Friday after the presence of Chicago School Board President David Vitale helped drive a “positive” turn to long-festering negotiations Thursday, union officials say.

With the clock winding down to a Monday strike date, Vitale spent more than an hour in negotiations Thursday, triggering “a frank discussion about key issues,” said Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey.

Though there is still “quite a bit of space between the two sides, we talked forthrightly. I think with some critical compromises, we can get this thing settled,” Sharkey said.

“There’s still a way to go and the hour is late, so we’ll see.’’

“Vitale’s presence was helpful because he brings the authority to make a deal but we’re not there yet,” Sharkey said. “I think it was positive what happened...

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