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Sat Oct 19, 2019, 08:15 AM

Chicago Teachers Strike Continues For 2nd Day, But No Deal Reached

Source: ABC News

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The second day of the Chicago Teachers Strike ended without a contract deal, but teachers said some progress was made in their negotiations with Chicago Public Schools.

Representatives from the union's bargaining team said they received a proposal about support staffing in writing, which they called a positive step, but it was not enough. Negotiations will continue through the weekend at Malcom X College.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS CEO Janice Jackson released a statement saying, in part, "We are encouraged that today's negotiations were productive and yielded real movement on a number of key issues, including staffing for clinical groups, special education, and supports for Students in Temporary Living Situations."

CPS classes were canceled for a second day Friday and, Lightfoot said, will remain canceled until the teachers give word they've agreed to a contract and the strike is over. Thousands of CPS teachers returned to the picket lines Friday morning. Twenty-six thousand CPS teachers and 8,000 support staff workers including custodians, special education assistants and bus aides are on strike. It is the first CPS teacher strike since 2012..More with Video (lower volume).

Read more: https://abc7chicago.com/education/chicago-teachers-strike-continues-for-2nd-day-but-no-deal-reached/5627963/

Striking Chicago public school teachers and their supporters march through the Loop in Chicago, IL on Oct. 18, 2019.

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