Of the Chicago Teachers Union members who cast their ballots in the strike authorization vote, almost all of them voted yes, said CTU President Karen Lewis.
At a news conference Monday, Lewis said that 91.55 percent of the membership voted and 89.73 voted yes to authorizing a strike.
“We want a contract that gives Chicago students the schools they desrve,” Lewis said. “So we call on CPS to take this process seriously and neogotiate with us in good faith with an eye on the real prize: our children.”
In calling for the vote, the union says it does not mean teachers will hit the picket line but it hopes the authorization will give them leverage at the bargaining table.
Teachers say they’re not happy about the Board of Educatin’s decision to rescind their 4 percent raises this year while requiring a longer school day in the fall. CTU is asking for a 29 percent pay increase over the next two years.
I’m more looking for a union that will smash things, but I would also accept this.