Teacher unions

Students say the Pledge of Allegiance on their first day back to class at Roswell B. Mason Elementary School on the South Side after a Chicago Teachers Union strike closed schools for 11 days, Friday morning, Nov. 1, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
November 01, 2019 - 1:52 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers and more than 300,000 students affected by an 11-day strike returned to classrooms Friday and a tentative agreement that ended the walkout is expected to shape education in the nation's third largest city for the next five years. The outcome came at a cost, though...
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In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey and vice-president Stacy Davis Gates share a hug after speaking to the media following a CTU House of Delegates meeting at the Chicago Teachers Union Center in Chicago. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune via AP)
October 31, 2019 - 3:37 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers and the nation's third-largest school district reached a labor contract deal on Thursday, ending a strike that canceled 11 days of classes for more than 300,000 students. Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the district had reached a deal with the Chicago Teachers...
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Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey speaks during a news conference at the union's Near West Side headquarters, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Chicago. The union's governing body has voted to accept a tentative agreement with Chicago Public Schools, but the union will remain on strike until Mayor Lori Lightfoot agrees to make up all 10 school days missed during the walkout. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
October 31, 2019 - 1:51 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Chicago Public Schools teachers' strike (all times local): 1:50 p.m. The Chicago Teachers Union says it has reached agreement with the nation's third-largest school district to make up five of 11 school days lost during the teachers strike. The union and city officials...
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Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey speaks during a news conference at the union's Near West Side headquarters, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Chicago. The union's governing body has voted to accept a tentative agreement with Chicago Public Schools, but the union will remain on strike until Mayor Lori Lightfoot agrees to make up all 10 school days missed during the walkout. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
October 31, 2019 - 1:37 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's teachers union voted to approve a tentative contract agreement with city officials Wednesday but refused to end a strike that has canceled two weeks of classes unless the city's mayor adds school days to cover that lost time. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Wednesday night that...
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Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson, with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, discusses the state of teacher contract talks at City Hall in Chicago on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (Fran Spielman/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
October 29, 2019 - 9:27 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor on Tuesday accused leaders of the city's powerful teachers union of using its "political agenda" to hold up a contract agreement to end a strike that will keep students from classrooms for at least 10 days. Chicago Public Schools canceled classes for Wednesday after...
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In this undated photo provided by Mila Cohen shows Cohen, left, with her daughter Yelena Cohen. Yelena is a Chicago Public School student with cognitive disabilities. Her mother, Mila says she supports teachers' demands for more nurses in schools and salary increases for support staff, including aides for CPS students who have special needs.(Mila Cohen via AP)
October 26, 2019 - 8:21 am
CHICAGO (AP) — A seven-day strike by Chicago teachers has hit students with disabilities and their families hard, but many say they support educators' demands. The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools remained at odds Saturday over teacher pay, staffing and class sizes. Progress has...
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Thousands of Chicago Teachers Union members and their supporters march through the Loop on day two of a Chicago Public Schools district-wide strike, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
October 22, 2019 - 10:59 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Demands by striking Chicago teachers for more nurses, librarians and social workers are highlighting concerns that resonate in high-poverty school districts nationwide, where shortages of support staff leave educators feeling stretched. Unions and professional groups for such...
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Chicago Teachers Union members and their supporters march through the Near West Side after a rally in Union Park on day five of a Chicago Public Schools district-wide strike, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. Chicago Public Schools announced Sunday night that classes and after school activities are canceled Monday as the strike enters its first full week. The work stoppage began on Thursday. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
October 21, 2019 - 8:29 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Striking Chicago teachers who are seeking smaller class sizes and higher pay also are demanding that the nation's third-largest city do more to lower housing costs and put more resources into helping homeless students. The demand for affordable housing citywide — for students and...
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Jennifer Yen, special education teacher at Alexander Graham Bell School, joins the rally as Chicago Public Schools teachers picket, Thursday morning, Oct. 17, 2019, at Lane Tech High School in Chicago. Chicago teachers went on strike Thursday, marching on picket lines after failing to reach a contract deal with the nation's third-largest school district in a dispute that canceled classes for more than 300,000 students. (Colin Boyle/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
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October 17, 2019 - 2:07 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers went on strike Thursday, marching on picket lines in defense of their union's "social justice" agenda after failing to reach a contract deal in a dispute that canceled classes for more than 300,000 students. The strike in the nation's third-largest school district...
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Members of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates hold a press conference after members turned down the district's latest offer, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 in Chicago. Chicago parents and community groups are scrambling to prepare for a massive teachers' strike set to begin Thursday, prompting the city to preemptively cancel classes in the nation's third-largest school district. (Matthew Hendrickson/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
October 16, 2019 - 8:20 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago parents and community groups are scrambling to prepare for a massive teachers' strike set to begin Thursday, prompting the city to preemptively cancel classes in the nation's third-largest school district. The Chicago Teachers Union confirmed Wednesday night that its 25,000...
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