CHICAGO (CBS) —Â After teachers rejected a contract earlier this year and a so-called work stoppage workshop is planned for the weekend, concerns are looming that Chicago teachers are preparing for another strike.
Teachers received an email advertising a group holding a workshop this weekend that includes a session on âplanning and winning strikes,â with the first sentence reading âCTU is likely to strike this fall.âREAD MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
But Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says thereâs no strike planned and the workshop is part of an annual convention that happens to be in Chicago this year,
One of the most recent complaints is about CPSâ proposed budget. A handful of teachers and parents heard plans for spending and improvements at a budget hearing Wednesday night, and they say their spending ideas clash with the districtâs.
âNow youâre going to build new schools instead of fixing the old ones,â one attended who attended the meeting asked. âItâs affecting our children of color more than anyone else,â another added.
âThe children are suffering from lack of teachers.âREAD MORE: Obama Presidential Center Groundbreaking Underway In Jackson Park Tuesday Afternoon
While CPSâ budget assumes those teachers will accept a contract that was voted down earlier this year, Lewis says thereâs no new deal on the table and describes any strike discussions taking place this coming weekend as a defensive necessity.
âYou really must prepare,â she said.
Lewis denied any eminent strike and downplayed the event saying the group has national conferences annually, adding this year it just happens to be in Chicago.
Meanwhile, Chicago Public Schools officials say they remain committed to reaching a fair agreement for teachers. Those educators are set to report to school on Aug. 29.
âWe encourage them to attend that school,” Lewis said. “It happens to just be a coincidence.”MORE NEWS: No New States Added To Chicago's Travel Advisory
StudentsÂ return to school onÂ Sept. 6.