Chicago Teachers To Go On Strike; Rahm Emanuel Says It’s Unnecessary ‘Strike Of Choice’

Source: Rosalind Rossi and Lauren Fitzpatrick / Chicago Sun-Times

For the first time in 25 years, Chicago teachers are going on strike after talks failed to yield a new contract, the head of the union announced late Sunday.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel immediately blasted it as a “strike of choice” and urged both sides to “finish it.”

“In the morning, no CTU member will be inside our schools,” Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said at a dramatic 10 p.m. Sunday press conference. “Please seek alternative care for your children.

“Negotiations have been intense but productive, however we have failed to reach an agreement that will prevent a labor strike,” Lewis said. “Real school will not be open tomorrow.”

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