Chicago may lose all teachers in October due to refusal to raise salaries
The Chicago Teachers Union, without compromising with the city’s authorities, voted among all 25,000 district teachers. According to the results of the vote, the vast majority, more than 93 percent, voted to start the strike in early October.
Since the strike in 2012, the situation in the state has not changed much, there is still a multibillion-dollar budget deficit and still low salaries. This year, teachers intend to fundamentally change the situation, insisting on a 15 percent increase in salary over 3 years. The city authorities do not make concessions by offering 16 percent for 5 years.
It is reported that, by prior arrangement, the city is set on a deadline on October 2 to make a decision, otherwise 25 thousand teachers will go on strike, and the entire educational process will stop for an indefinite period. It is reported that, according to rough estimates, more than 350 thousand students may become hostages of the situation.
The mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot understands the extent of the possible consequences and is about to make a deal between the city and the union by the due date.
“We are committed to doing everything we can to finalize a deal that is sustainable for all Chicagoans and for our city’s future, that respects our teachers, and continues our students’ record-breaking success for years to come,” заявили Lightfoot и CPS CEO Janice Jackson.
The union also requires higher salaries for other school personnel. Because they are all below the poverty line. It is reported that on October 17 the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) strike starts, so teachers can join forces against the greedy government and take to the streets in one day.