CHICAGO (CBS) — A day after the Chicago Public Schools and its teachers began the final stage of contract talks, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis declined to predict whether teachers would strike, but said negotiations are not going well.
At a Martin Luther King breakfast hosted by CTU, Lewis said strikes are not decided by the teachers, they’re decided by the school board, and she accused the Chicago Board of Education of refusing teachers’ demands for things that cost no money.
Lewis made it clear the threat of massive layoffs is decisive.
“If any of our members are laid off, we intend to take to the streets. Remember, good working conditions are also good learning conditions for our students,” she said.