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September 19th, 2012
12:01 PM ET

Chicago teachers strike ends but the Union is still expected to make ratifications – CNN's Kyung Lah reports

Wednesday 350,000 students are expected to return to school after Chicago public school teachers voted overwhelmingly to end their strike. The walkout which lasted seven days left parents scrambling to make provisions for their children.

Although Union delegates accepted a new contract, the agreement is still expected to be ratified by the more than 29,000 teachers and support staff. About 800 union officers and delegates met for just over two hours before deciding to suspend the walkout.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel who filed an injunction to end the strike said the new contract is "an honest compromise." Some of the new provisions mean longer days for students and children entering kindergarten would receive 2 1/2 more years of instruction by the time he or she graduated.

– CNN's Kyung Lah reports


Filed under: Chicago Teacher Strike
September 17th, 2012
11:08 AM ET

No deal yet in the Chicago teachers strike – CNN's Kyung Lah reports

More than 350,000 Chicago students have another unscheduled day off today, with Union leaders opting to continue the strike despite a tentative deal to end the stand off.

Both sides met over the weekend and came to a tentative contract agreement, but delegates from the Chicago Teachers Union say they found several elements of the contract problematic, specifically job security. Union delegates plan to reconvene to discuss the negotiations Tuesday afternoon, meaning that classes will not be in session for at least two more days.

CNN’s Kyung Lah reports live from Chicago on Early Start this morning.


Filed under: Chicago Teacher Strike
September 12th, 2012
08:12 AM ET

Casey Wian on Chicago teachers strike: 'there is good news for parents'

The Chicago teachers strike continues with a second day of negotiations between Chicago's school board and its public school teachers ending with neither side expressing an agreement was near.

The union, which represents nearly 30,000 teachers and support staff in the nation's third-largest school district, called the strike Sunday night over issues like teacher evaluations and benefits.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel said that educators had chosen to participate in an unnecessary strike, which is “the wrong choice” for the 350,000 children affected.

CNN’s Casey Wian says despite the fact the school district and union have not been able to come to terms, “there is good news for parents.” The school sites that were made available for temporary child care “will start being open for six hours beginning tomorrow.” Previously the facilities were open for only four hours. These sites will be able to hold roughly 150,000 students displaced by the strike.

Talks are set to start again Wednesday.

– Casey Wian reports.


Filed under: Chicago Teacher Strike • Education
September 11th, 2012
05:53 AM ET

No deal yet for striking Chicago teachers – Casey Wian on the two issues holding up a deal

The Chicago Teachers Union has yet to make a deal with public school officials today. Teachers have entered a second day of their first labor strike in 25 years, once again forcing parents to make other arrangements for their children. CNN’s Casey Wian is at Manuel Junior Elementary School in Chicago with the latest on the negotiations from last night.

The school board and teachers are still at an impasse. “For now, both sides seem unwilling to budge,” Wian reports. “The issue of teacher evaluations and the procedure for recalling laid-off teachers and who should control that” were not “even discussed last night at the bargaining table,” he says. “So, that is not a hopeful sign.” According to the union, however, negotiations are scheduled to resume at 9:30 this morning, he says.

The other issue at hand is families dealing with this unscheduled day off for their kids. “Right now, a lot of parents [are] struggling to find alternative arrangements,” Wian says. Parents have expressed fear of possible gang violence. Wian says, “That’s something that we’ve heard a lot from parents, very concerned about children roaming the streets with no place to go, given the fact that Chicago’s murder rate up more than 30% over last year.”


Filed under: Chicago Teacher Strike
September 10th, 2012
10:32 AM ET

CNN's Casey Wian on Chicago teachers strike: ‘a fair amount of anger and frustration'

Labor negotiations between the Chicago teachers union and school officials fell through late last night, affecting 400,000 students across nearly 700 schools in the nation’s third largest public school system. CNN’s Casey Wian talks to John Berman on “Early Start” this morning with the latest from outside the Altgeld Elementary school in Chicago.

The teacher’s strike will immediately impact parents this morning. “What we can expect is a lot of confusion,” Wian says. “Parents are going to be scrambling to try to figure out what they’re going to do with their children, especially working parents.” 144 schools throughout the city will be open for a few hours in the morning until 12:30 pm as temporary centers for parents to drop off their children.

Wian expects “a fair amount of anger and frustration” today while teachers are at the picket lines. Wian refers to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s latest comments calling the strike unnecessary and later adding, “the parties at hand should do what they need to do to right by our children.”

It’s uncertain whether new negotiations are on the table, but school districts say they’ve “offered about as much as they can” offer in terms of salary. Wian says teachers are more concerned with having more say in the school day and teacher evaluations.


Filed under: Chicago Teacher Strike • Education