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Chicago Teachers Union and Charter School Teachers Have Joined Forces

Jeff Schuhrke Working In These Times
Union leaders hope that by organizing teachers and staff at charter schools, and giving them a voice to advocate for more resources through collective bargaining, the charter model will become less attractive to investors and public officials.

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Chicago Teachers Avert a Strike by Forcing the Mayor to Dig Deep

Samantha Winslow Labor Notes
After striking for a day April 1 and coming to the brink of a long strike this fall, Chicago teachers are mulling a tentative agreement that won something unprecedented. They pressured the mayor into pulling money out of Chicago's treasure chest of diverted property taxes, the Tax Increment Finance program.

Chicago Teachers Get a Tentative Agreement

Alan Maass and Lee Sustar Socialist Worker
Did Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel blink? A report on what we know about a tentative deal that headed off the second teachers' strike in four years.

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Chicago Teachers Strike Prepare To Strike As Midnight Deadline Looms

Ted Cox dnainfo.com
Vice President Jesse Sharkey said, "We're bargaining every day," and that talks would continue through the weekend. As of Monday morning, however, no deal had been made. CBS reports that if there isn't a deal reached by midnight, the strike will begin at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

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The CTU’s Strike for Democracy

Lois Weiner Jacobin
The Chicago Teachers Union’s strike today is a challenge to the rest of labor to break anti-union rules.

Could Pension Attack Provoke Another Chicago Teachers Strike?

Samantha Winslow Labor Notes
Three years after their nine-day strike that humiliated Emanuel and won national headlines for the idea of teachers fighting for students, the new attack on pay and pensions is angering teachers, paraprofessionals, and clinicians.

Two Educators Vie For Aldermanic Seats in Runoffs

Melissa Sanchez Chicago Reporter
In the first round, Stamps and Sadlowski Garza were double-digits behind the incumbents in their respective wards: Emma Mitts in the 37th Ward and John Pope in the 10th Ward. But they say the fact that Garcia forced Emanuel into a runoff increases the energy around the elections and, with luck, drives more people to the polls.

With Chicago Tired of "Mayor 1%," Chuy García Could Actually Win His Runoff with Rahm Emanuel

Kari Lydersen In These Times
While money poured into the recent mayoral and aldermanic elections, voters showed that they are tired of business as usual. Chicago has been portrayed internationally as a symbol of the growing chasm between America's haves and have-nots, the 1% and the 99%, a "tale of two cities." The concept worth contemplating now is that Chuy García could actually win. It would be a story for the ages.
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