Money magically manifested
25,000 Chicago teachers and support staff returned to school triumphant, after an 11 day stop work that became a showdown between their union and the city’s new Mayor.
The mayor and her appointed school board had barely budged in the 10 months of bargaining leading up to the strike, presenting what they claimed was their best offer just days before the strike was due to start. On day three of the strike, the mayor said there was no more money, sending a letter asking Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) to end the strike.
However, on day 10, the mayor managed to find more money as they brought forward a tentative agreement that includes $1.5 billion USD in combined additional spending over the course of the five-year agreement.
Wins include better class size enforcement, more nurses and social workers guaranteed, step raises for veteran teachers, bankable sick days, special education wins including specially trained substitutes, and more. (Source: Labor Notes)