I don't think there's going to be a strike, for whatever that guess is worth. There's just too much going against it: political and economic pressures, the other unions already signing on, legal issues. But I don't think that the new contract is going to be much different or better than the old one, either. The downstate budget impasse is a distraction and excuse, as are nonunion wages and benefits (not so good). And the looming recession or whatever it is going to be called is already making folks feel poor. Most of that has nothing to do with CPS or CTU. But it doesn't help that Stewart has spent much of her time seeming to be reacting to things coming at her rather than establishing herself as a strong and clear leader.
Chicago teachers may be forced to strike People's Weekly World
Hundreds of teachers met at
Plumbers Hall to discuss contract negotiations with the Chicago Public
Chicago Teacher's Union Takes Aim at Charter Schools
Appearing before a gathering of 30 teachers from various schools
in the city, Stewart assured one charter school teacher that she is not
forcing a union.
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