CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said contract negotiations with the Chicago Public Schools have been going well, and she thinks a strike can be avoided.
After delivering the keynote address at an event honoring Rev. Martin Luther King at Northeastern Illinois University on Thursday, Lewis told reporters she’s happy with the way things are progressing in contract talks.
Union sources told CBS 2 the positive tone at the negotiating table means a crippling strike, like the one CPS and Mayor Rahm Emanuel endured in 2012, is much less likely this time around. But Lewis wouldn’t shut the door entirely on a walkout.
“People always worry about that strike. That’s what happens when you don’t get to an agreement, right? So at this point, that’s not the way things are looking, but I’m not going to rule it out, either,” she said. “I think people need to be prepared either way.”