CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Teachers Union will ask rank-and-file teachers, for a second time, if they want to authorize a strike.
The rank-and-file balloting will probably take place Sept. 21-23. The possible 2016 strike could be longer and uglier, CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.
“Be prepared as much as you can,” said Alison Eichhorn, member of the union’s big bargaining team. This year could be worse than 2012, she said, describing it to be longer and harder.
In 2012 the strike lasted nine days. Eichhorn thinks it’ll be harder to reach an agreement this time because a proposed contract that CTU President Karen Lewis publically favored in January was unanimously rejected by Eichhorn and the 40 member bargaining team in February. Eichhorn said there’s been no new offer from CPS.
“I would consider they’e not serious about negotiating with us,” Eichhorn said. “And they need to get serious if they want to avoid a work stoppage.”
Union President Karen Lewis expects a near-unanimous vote in favor, but she said that does not guarantee a strike 10 days later. The specific date would be up to the House of Delegates and would be done “when it’s necessary,” Lewis said.
The board’s negotiators are running union proposals “up the flagpole,” but the board has to come back with something different, Lewis said. Ideally, something that includes no pay cuts by their definition, and no program cuts.