Authorize a strike now, and then go out on strike later -- if necessary -- that seems to be the tactic that CTU and its allies are considering right now, though no formal action has been taken (that I know of). The first signal would be a ten day notice of intent to authorize a strike. Yes, folks who were retiring (or going to grad school) could authorize a strike that they would not have to live with. Just like outgoing LSCs hire principals that than have to be endured by folks who didn't necessarily want that person. How do you feel about that?
Chicago Public Schools, teachers union turn to fact-finding panel Tribune: Some observers are skeptical, especially since 1,200 teachers are expected to retire this year. Veteran teachers are often considered the staunchest union supporters.
CTU: Fact-finding panel to help with contract dispute ABC: Contract talks between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools have reached a standstill.
Mayor Rahm and the f-bomb: a critical study Reader: My guess is that forcing the teachers to eat a lousy contract is all part of his wider effort to show the world that he’s the mayor who whooped the teacher union. It also explains why he's tormenting everyone—parents, teachers, kids, etc—with his unfunded mandate of a longer day. The one where he mandates a longer day and provides no money to do anything with it.