Contract Negotiations

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)

CTU President: Contract Talks Haven’t Broken Down

Karen Lewis says meetings with public school officials have been very cordial and teachers have even been willing to take a pay freeze.

08/09/2015

Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

State Employee Union Presses Measure To Prevent Strike, Lockout

Union-friendly Illinois Democrats say Gov. Bruce Rauner has so poisoned contract negotiations with state workers that they pushed legislation Thursday that would prohibit either a strike or the Republican governor locking workers out.

05/29/2015

Chicago Public Schools Logo

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 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: ‘No Gravy To Go Around’ In Contract Talks With City Workers

Mayoral hopeful Jesus “Chuy” Garcia has scoffed at accusations he will be beholden to public employee unions that have backed him in his bid to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel, because of the substantial cash they’ve given Garcia’s campaign.

04/02/2015

Waukegan public school teachers picket outside Waukegan East High School after going on strike in October. (Credit: CBS)

Waukegan Teachers Approve Contract

Negotiators for Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 and the Waukegan Teachers’ Council met for nearly 14 hours Wednesday before coming to an agreement.

10/30/2014

Waukegan Teachers Strike

Waukegan School Board Adjourns Meeting Amid Parent Anger

School officials say the audience would not come to order, making an open discussion impossible.

10/28/2014

Waukegan public school teachers picket outside Waukegan East High School after going on strike in October. (Credit: CBS)

Negotiations To Resume As Waukegan Teachers’ Strike Continues

Negotiators return to the table at 10 a.m. Monday in search of a breakthrough in the strike by teachers in Waukegan District 60. Classes remain cancelled.

10/27/2014

Waukegan public school teachers picket outside Waukegan East High School after going on strike in October. (Credit: CBS)

Talks Continue Wednesday Amid Waukegan Teachers’ Strike

For much of the day Tuesday, Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 chief negotiator Tony Ficarelli said he believed that progress was being made in talks with the Lake County Federation of Teachers, but in the end it proved to be a mirage.

10/22/2014

Waukegan public school teachers picket outside Waukegan East High School after going on strike in October. (Credit: CBS)

Waukegan Teachers Strike Enters Second Day

Waukegan Community Unit School District No. 60 said in a message on its website that there would be no classes on Friday. Teachers went on strike Thursday morning after the district and the Lake County Federation of Teachers failed to come to terms on a contract.

10/03/2014

Waukegan public school teachers picket outside Waukegan East High School after going on strike in October. (Credit: CBS)

Waukegan Teachers Strike Continues Into Friday

Teachers in one of the state’s largest school districts have gone on strike, after contract talks stalled in north suburban Waukegan.

10/02/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn

Union: Quinn’s Unfair Demands Have Left Contract Talks At Standstill

First it was Mayor Rahm Emanuel with the Chicago Teachers Union, and now, another prominent Illinois Democrat is in trouble with a public employees’ union.

CBS Chicago–09/27/2012

Jean-Claude Brizard (CBS)

Brizard: Teacher Contract Talks ‘Close To One-Yard Line’

The Chicago schools CEO said talks have been tense, but both sides are making progress.

09/06/2012

Teachers Strike Authorization Vote

Teachers Union: A Strike Could Still Happen

Thousands of Chicago kids head back to school on Monday, and there is a troubling message for parents.

CBS Chicago–08/10/2012

Empty Classroom

Pressure On To Avoid Chicago Teacher Strike

The earliest teachers could strike is Aug. 18 after a 30-day cooling off period. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.

07/19/2012

Jean-Claude Brizard

Brizard Remains Confident That Contract Will Be Settled With Teachers

The Chicago Public Schools and their teachers are back to square one in their efforts to agree to a contract and avert a strike, but schools chief executive officer Jean-Claude Brizard remains optimistic.

CBS 2–07/19/2012

Chicago Public Schools

CPS Teachers Want Pay Hikes, More Benefits

Marking the start of what is expected to be contentious contract negotiations, the Chicago Teachers Union made its first round of demands to the Chicago Board of Education.

01/22/2012

Matt Forte runs the ball against the Carolina Panthers.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Bowen: Forte Shouldn’t Hold Out

Forte accounts for nearly half of the Bears offense, but holding out for a new deal may not be the best idea.

670 The Score–10/25/2011