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300,000 Students Without School As Chicago Teachers Strike: 13 Things That Matter

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300,000 Students Without School As Chicago Teachers Strike: 13 Things That Matter
300,000 Students Without School As Chicago Teachers Strike: 13 Things That Matter

/ Headlines / World News / 300,000 Students Without School As Chicago Teachers Strike: 13 Things That Matter 300,000 Students Without School As Chicago Teachers Strike: 13 Things That Matter October 18, 2019 382 The simple fact is Chicagoans can’t afford the union’s demands, or Mayor Lightfoot’s offer… from Zero Hedge Submitted by Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner of Wirepoints Chicago teachers are striking for the third time in seven years. The Chicago Teachers Union has rejected what Mayor Lori Lightfoot says is “the most lucrative CTU package in its history.” The union shunned 5-year, 24 percent teacher raises and continues to demand more, including thousands in new hires and additional benefits like affordable housing. Over 25,000 teachers and 7,000 support staff will be on strike while 300,000 students will be left in the lurch. It’s become standard operating procedure for the CTU to strike when it doesn’t like the school district’s contract proposals. In 2012, the union struck for one week over a contract dispute with then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It did the same again in 2016, when the union held a one-day walkout. In both cases, the union’s demands drove Chicago deeper into its financial hole. Now this strike poses a new danger to the fiscal viability of …