CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Bruce Rauner said the Chicago Teachers Union’s rejection of what its own leaders described as a “serious offer” from the Chicago Public Schools is evidence the state should take control of the district.
The governor said the CTU “Big Bargaining Team” turning down a four-year contract offer from the district should serve as a wakeup call that it’s the teachers union calling the shots at CPS, not Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
On Monday, CTU’s 40-member negotiating team rejected a four-year deal that would have given teachers modest raises and capped the number of charter schools in Chicago, but required union members to pay more toward pensions and health care.
CTU President Karen Lewis acknowledged she was surprised the bargaining team turned down the proposed contract, which she had earlier described as a “serious offer.” Lewis said the main issue was a “lack of trust in CPS.”
“If the mayor can’t get a deal done with the teachers union, I guarantee you we – working from the state – can get a deal done,” Rauner said Tuesday.