CHICAGO, November 15, 2019 – Members of the Chicago Teachers` Union voted today to pass the interim agreement they secured after their historic 11-day strike. The tentative agreement between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers` Union was passed Wednesday night by CTU`s elected delegates by 362-242 distant votes. The agreement is still subject to the union`s agreement. And CPS doesn`t need to set the costs yet. The Chicago Union of Strippers said teachers would vote on the interim agreement on November 14 and 15. If the contract is ratified by the union, it would have to be approved by the Chicago Board of Education. Measures to combat overcrowding will therefore only come into force if there are 4, 4 and 7 students respectively above what a normal class should have, according to the agreement. You can see the provisional agreement obtained by Chalkbeat here. CHICAGO (CBS) — Teachers in more than 500 chicago schools will then vote on ratifying a five-year tentative agreement reached last week with Chicago Public Schools. In a joint statement on Friday evening, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS Director Dr. Janice Jackson said they were “delighted” that teachers had voted in favour of ratifying the agreement: the interim agreement between the CTU and the SPC provides for an overall increase of 16 percent over five years, as well as additional increases based on teacher seniority. The agreement also contains provisions for the recruitment of hundreds of nurses and social workers over the duration of the contract; New limits for class size – 28 for kindergarten to Grade 3, 31 for 4th to 4th grade and 25 to 31 students for high school, depending on the type of class. The 41-day agreement contains details on everything from salary increases to class size restrictions.
“This historic, fiscally responsible agreement includes investments and initiatives that will build on the incredible progress of our schools and support our commitment to justice. We are proud of the significant benefits the agreement will bring to our employees, students and families, and look forward to all that our community will accomplish together over the next five years. The union said Wednesday that it was close to accepting a “monumental agreement” with the city. The 800 trade union delegates voted in favour of the offer on Wednesday evening, but the strike will continue until Thursday. Members of the Chicago Union of Teachers will not be in school Thursday morning and their strike will last at least a day after the union`s Chamber of Deputies agreed to a tentative agreement with the city, but refused to return to work. The union also stated that the strict cap on class size was “automatically triggered” in the preliminary agreement – meaning that whenever a class exceeds the limit of a specified amount (different by grade), that class would automatically be referred to the joint committee, with discharge required by the contract. CTU said early Thursday that the agreement included a nurse and a social worker in every school community every day, a claim that put the union at the center of the strike. CTU delegates approved the interim agreement on Wednesday, but did not immediately end the strike and asked Mayor Lori Lightfoot to charge compensation to every school day lost. Lightfoot refused to catch up every 11 days, and after a nearly two-hour meeting with CTU President Jesse Sharkey on Thursday, he decided to make up for five lost days and end the strike. CHICAGO (CBS) – The Chicago Union of Teachers has voted to pass its preliminary contract with the city, as the union announced late Friday.