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Support the Chicago Teachers Union

October 4, 2019 - The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), school support staff and Park District workers will all go on strike together on Oct. 17 if they can’t reach contract deals by then. Chicago educators are striking for student learning conditions like classroom size, access to nurses as counselors, and wraparound services for vulnerable students.

The joint announcement came late Wednesday by the three labor groups sets up the prospect of about 35,000 public employees in Chicago walking off the job at the same time.

CTU members voted 94% to authorize a strike.

The CTU represents 25,000 teachers employed by one of the country’s largest school systems. But the threefold announcement Wednesday means that another 7,000 CPS workers — security guards, bus aides, special education classroom assistants and custodians — and about 2,500 employees of the Chicago Park District could also all end up on picket lines together.

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