Contract Talks

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses the strike by the Chicago Teachers Union on Sept. 10, 2012. It's the first teachers' strike in Chicago since 1987. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor On Teachers’ Strike: ‘Stay At The Table, Finish It For Our Children’

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday he wants Chicago Public Schools officials and the Chicago Teachers Union to continue negotiating until they finish a deal to open schools again.

CBS Chicago–09/10/2012

Pickets walk outside CPS headquarters on Monday. (CBS)

Chicago Teachers Begin First Strike In 25 Years

Chicago Public Schools teachers went on strike for the fist time in a quarter century on Monday, after the latest contract talks broke down Sunday with no deal to avert a walkout.

CBS Chicago–09/09/2012

Empty Classroom

‘Intense’ Teacher Contract Talks Continue As Midnight Deadline Looms

Chicago Public Schools officials and teachers continued contract negotiations Sunday morning, in talks union officials described as “intense,” with a midnight deadline looming for a teachers’ strike.


Chicago Public Schools

CPS, Teachers Express Hope That Teacher Strike Will Be Averted

The countdown continues for a potential teacher strike, but both sides are using words like “hopeful” and “optimistic” to describe the state of the negotiations as it stands now.

CBS Chicago–09/07/2012

Walter Jacobson

Walter’s Perspective: Rahm Lying About Why He Changed DNC Plans

In the wide wide world of whoppers, the big big fibs of politics, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has just gone way way over the top – telling us he’s leaving the Democratic National Convention early to come home to host a party, because President Barack has asked him to host it, for some Democrats in Chicago to watch the convention on TV.

CBS 2–09/04/2012

Approximately 5,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers marched down Michigan Avenue on May 23, 2012, as a show of solidarity amid contract talks with the Emanuel administration. (Credit: CBS)

Teacher Contract Impasse Could Leave Parents Caught In Crossfire

Parents of kids at Chicago Public Schools have a huge stake in teacher contract talks, but no spot at the bargaining table; if there’s a strike, they’re left to wonder, “What will I do with my kids?”

CBS 2–09/04/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about teacher contract negotiations in a one-on-one interview with CBS 2's Dana Kozlov at his 5th floor office at City Hall. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel On Teacher Contract Talks: ‘We’ll Work Through The Issues’

As he prepares to take the national spotlight this week at the Democratic National Convention with a possible teachers strike looming in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he’s confident the Chicago Public Schools and teachers will be able to set aside their differences and reach a fair contract agreement.

CBS 2–09/03/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Emanuel Cutting Short Trip To Democratic National Convention

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be spending a lot less time at the Democratic National Convention than he’d originally planned.

CBS Chicago–09/03/2012

Chicago Public Schools teachers flood Daley Plaza on Labor Day, a week ahead of a strike deadline, to rally for a new contract with the Chicago Public Schools. (Credit: CBS)

Teachers Rally At Daley Plaza, Lewis Calls Emanuel ‘A Liar And A Bully’

With a strike deadline now a week away, thousands of Chicago Public Schools teachers and their supporters gathered in Daley Plaza on Monday to take their case for a new contract to the public.

CBS Chicago–09/03/2012

Approximately 5,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers marched down Michigan Avenue on May 23, 2012, as a show of solidarity amid contract talks with the Emanuel administration. (Credit: CBS)

Teachers Union Officially Files 10-Day Strike Notice

A strike by Chicago Public Schools teachers could be just days away, after the Chicago Teachers Union filed a 10-day strike notice amid a continuing contract stalemate.

CBS Chicago–08/29/2012

Empty Classroom

Teachers Union To File 10-Day Strike Notice Wednesday

The Chicago Teachers Union apparently is ready to strike.

CBS Chicago–08/28/2012

Chicago Public Schools

School Budget Would Raise Property Taxes, Empty Reserve Fund

Chicago Public School officials have unveiled their budget plan for next school year, seeking to fill a $665 million deficit with a property tax hike, personnel cuts and some one-time revenue.

CBS Chicago–07/06/2012

Workers at UIC Medical Center picket outside the hospital as part of a three-day strike, after going for more than two years without a contract. The strike does not include doctors and nurses at the hospital. (Credit: CBS)

Workers At UIC Hospital Go On Three-Day Strike

Hundreds of employees at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center have begun a three-day strike, demanding a contract after unionizing more than two years ago.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2012

Chicago Firetruck, generic sized image

Emanuel, Firefighters Union Spar Over Proposed Contract Concessions

The Chicago Firefighters Union has been using heated language to describe ongoing contract talks with the Emanuel Administration, but the mayor stressed Wednesday that firefighters are not “immune from change and reform.”

CBS Chicago–05/30/2012

Approximately 5,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers marched down Michigan Avenue on May 23, 2012, as a show of solidarity amid contract talks with the Emanuel administration. (Credit: CBS)

Thousands Of Teachers Rally For New Contract, Emanuel Says They Deserve A Raise

About 5,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers rallied downtown Wednesday afternoon, before shutting down a stretch of Michigan Avenue to take their contract demands directly to CPS headquarters in the Loop.

CBS Chicago–05/23/2012

Union janitors represented by SEIU Local 1 stopped traffic at the busy intersection of Route 83 and 22nd Street in west suburban Oak Brook, as contract talks resumed with building owners and government officials in Chicago and the suburbs. (Credit: CBS)

Union Janitors’ Rally In Oak Brook Stops Traffic

A day after they rallied in Chicago’s Loop, union janitors took their strike threat to the suburbs, where they staged a large and noisy demonstration for their cause.

WBBM Newsradio–04/05/2012

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said an informal poll of teachers at 150 public schools showed "overwhelming" support for a strike if contract talks with the Emanuel administration break down. (Credit: CBS)

Teachers Union Prepared For Strike: ‘We’re Fed Up’

The Chicago Teacher’s Union said Thursday that contract talks with the Emanuel administration are “cordial,” but the union is also planning for the possibility of a strike.

CBS Chicago–04/05/2012

Brent Seabrook

Report: Blackhawks And Seabrook Close To New Contract

The Chicago Blackhawks and Brent Seabrook could be close to a deal that would keep the defenseman in a Blackhawks sweater for a while.