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About 100 Chicago teachers and supporters marched outside City Hall on Thursday, to protest $200 million in budget cuts, including 1,400 job cuts. (Credit: CBS)

Teachers Protest CPS Budget Cuts, Layoffs

Public school teachers were raising their voices against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s leadership of the district; in particular his proposal to help shore up CPS finances by having teachers pay the full cost of their individual pension contributions, most of which is now paid by the district.

07/02/2015

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CTU Plans City Hall Protest As CPS Begins 1,400 Layoffs

The union said the district’s cutbacks are counterproductive, and will lead to fewer resources for educators. The Emanuel administration has said the cuts will save $200 million for a district reeling from paying $634 million in pension obligations.

07/02/2015

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CTU: $200 Million In Cuts Will Do ‘Real Damage’

The Chicago Teachers Union was quick to respond to Mayor Emanuel, and to challenge the mayor’s assertions about the budget.

07/01/2015

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Testing, Evaluations Focus Of Negotiations Between CPS, Teachers

The Chicago Public Schools and its teachers face two deadlines on Tuesday: their three-year contract expires at midnight, and a $634 million pension payment is due by the end of the day.

06/30/2015

CTU members and supporters marching downtown. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Teachers Hold March In Loop As Contract Nears End

Teachers and their supporters held a rally at the Thompson Center before moving to the streets downtown.

06/09/2015

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Teachers Union Files Unfair Labor Practices Complaint Against CPS

Faced with a proposed pay cut it finds insulting, the Chicago Teachers’ Union has filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the state of Illinois, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

05/06/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel: Dual Taxation For Pensions ‘Wrong’

The Chicago Teachers Union is incensed over the city’s demand that teachers accept a seven percent pay cut, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel today emphasized he’s fighting a two front battle: not just over a teachers contract, but also over pension relief from Springfield.

05/06/2015

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Teachers Union: CPS Demanding “Whopping” 7 Percent Pay Cut

The Chicago Teachers Union lashed out at the Emanuel administration Tuesday, accusing the mayor of “lying in wait” to raise property taxes, after demanding teachers and other union employees take a 7 percent pay cut next year.

05/05/2015

Mayoral hopeful Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis have lunch Thursday in Bronzeville, with less than two weeks until the runoff election against Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Credit: Twitter/@garcia4chicago)

Garcia And Lewis Talk Campaign Strategy Over Lunch

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis joined mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for a strategy session Thursday afternoon in Bronzeville, their first joint appearance in several weeks.

03/26/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia joins protesters demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage for all Chicago Public Schools employees and contract workers. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Garcia, Teachers Call For $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage At CPS

The Chicago Teachers Union has stepped up the fight to increase the minimum wage in Chicago, demanding better pay for non-union workers at the Chicago Public Schools, and mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia has joined their effort.

03/25/2015

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As Schools Begin Issuing New PARCC Test, Some Parents Want Kids To Opt Out

Hundreds of thousands of students in Chicago and the suburbs began taking a controversial new standardized test on Monday, but some parents want their kids to opt out.

03/09/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Teachers Union On Runoff In Mayor’s Race: ‘A Beautiful Day For Democracy’

Among the first to back Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in his bid for mayor, the Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday was taking a brief moment to enjoy Garcia’s success in forcing a runoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

02/25/2015

The teachers' strike is on its second day and will likely to go into a third, according to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. Salary is far from the only issue on teachers' minds. Other issues include quality of the classroom, job security, and teacher evaluations. Find out more here. (Credit: Mason Johnson)

Garcia: Teachers More Likely To Go On Strike If Emanuel Re-Elected

County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia says another teachers strike is likely next fall if Emanuel is re-elected.

02/17/2015

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis discusses her cancer surgery, and having to drop out of the race for mayor, three months after she had a tumor removed from her brain. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Lewis: ‘Very Disappointing’ To Not Be In Race For Mayor

Three months after surgery for a brain tumor forced her out of the race for mayor, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis spoke publicly for the first time about her disappointment that she won’t be taking on Mayor Rahm Emanuel next month.

01/15/2015

Chicago Teachers Union staff coordinator Jackson Potter (at podium), members of the Bright Futures Coalition, and parents accuse Mayor Rahm Emanuel of lying about his education record. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Critics Slam Emanuel For School Closings, Campaign Ads On Education

The Chicago Teachers Union, parents, and other critics on Thursday accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel of misleading the public when he trumpets his achievements in early childhood education.

01/08/2015

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Protesters Removed From City Hall After Sit-In Over CPS Bond Deals

Chicago Police broke up a demonstration at City Hall on Thursday, after activists staged a sit-in to protest controversial bond deals at the Chicago Public Schools.

11/20/2014

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis (Credit: CBS)

CTU President Karen Lewis Has ‘Serious Illness,’ Vice President Will Replace Her For Now

Lewis was hospitalized Sunday after feeling “discomfort,” but the union had been tight-lipped about what is ailing the potential mayoral candidate.

10/09/2014

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis (Credit: CBS)

CTU President Karen Lewis Hospitalized, Union Denies Rumor Of Stroke

Chicago Teachers Union President and potential mayoral contender Karen Lewis has spent the past two nights in the hospital after feeling discomfort and lightheaded. WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports CTU representatives were quick to shoot down rumors Lewis suffered a stroke.

10/07/2014

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CTU President Karen Lewis In The Hospital: Union

CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin says Lewis, 61, is being evaluated at a local hospital “after experiencing discomfort Sunday evening.” Gadlin says it is not due to a stroke, as rumors have suggested.

10/06/2014

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis speaks about education reform at a City Club of Chicago luncheon. (Credit: CBS)

Lewis: Chicago Voters ‘Absolutely Unimpressed’ With Emanuel

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said a recent poll showing most voters are unhappy with how Mayor Rahm Emanuel is handling the Chicago Public Schools reveals “pushback for … failed policies” such as the controversial closing of nearly 50 schools.

08/15/2014

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