Delegates to the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates voted to continue their strike for at least two more days, so that rank and file teachers can have a chance to review and discuss the tentative agreement worked out over the weekend during negotiations between the union and management of the Chicago Public Schools.
“This union is a democratic institution, which values the opportunity for all members to make decisions together,” said Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union. “The officers of this union follow the lead of our members. The issues raised in this contract were too important, had consequences too profound for the future of our public education system and for educational fairness for our students, parents and members for us to simply take a quick vote based on a short discussion. Therefore, a clear majority voted to take this time and we are unified in this decision.”
The House of Delegates is composed of 800 elected union members from every school and workplace in the Chicago Public School system.
Lewis characterized the discussion around the 23-page document that outlines the 180-page tentative agreement as “civil and frank.”
Members of the union will resume picketing at their schools and workplaces on Monday morning. At the end of their picketing, members will meet to discuss the tentative agreement. Delegates voted to reconvene the House of Delegates on Tuesday afternoon.