Democracy Now: Talks Progress as Chicago Teachers’ Strike Enters 4th Day; Janitors Stage Solidarity Action


Public school teachers in Chicago are continuing their historic strike for a fourth day. On Wednesday, thousands of teachers and supporters rallied outside three local schools. Amidst the protests union leaders and school officials appear to be making some progress toward an agreement that would end the strike. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis emerged from negotiations late Wednesday night saying she was “very happy” with the status of talks over the key issue of teacher evaluations. Other issues on the table include a recall process for teachers laid off due to school closings, consolidations and turnarounds. Meanwhile teachers in the nearby area of Lake Forest launched a strike of their own Wednesday after failing to reach a deal over salaries and benefits. Also Wednesday, Tom Balanoff of SEIU Local 1 announced that Chicago janitors would stage a one-day solidarity strike with the Chicago teachers.

Tom Balanoff: “Many of our members have reached out and said they would like to honor the picket lines. We have a 48-hour notice in our contracts. Today we sent the 48-hour notice to our contractors, saying on Friday there very well be Local 1 members, janitors who will stand outside and support the teachers instead of going to work.”

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~ by wheresthemic on September 13, 2012.

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