Chicago strike vote coming

The Chicago Sun Times reports the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) will vote whether to strike on December 9. Several weeks ago, 97% of union members said they would authorize a strike if necessary. CTU President Karen Lewis said, “We must show the city, the mayor’s handpicked Board of Education and even our students and parents that Chicago’s public school educators will stand up for what is just and fair, and together we will fight to protect our professions and our classrooms.” The CTU’s last contract expired June 30 and Chicago Public Schools is still struggling to resolve a $480 million budget deficit.