Chicago teachers strike for first time in 25 years

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 at 8:11 am

Chicago teachers began walking the picket line for the first time in 25 years Monday morning, leaving parents to scramble for alternatives for their children.

The first pickets appeared outside Chicago Public School headquarters at 125 S. Clark early Monday, and more were expected outside schools throughout the city after negotiators failed to reach an agreement Sunday.

“Negotiations have been intense but productive, however we have failed to reach an agreement that will prevent a labor strike,” Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said at a dramatic 10 p.m. Sunday press conference. “Real school will not be open [Monday]. … No CTU member will be inside our schools.

“Please seek alternative care for your children.”

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