It looks like today will be the last day of the strike. The CTU is presenting the “outlines of an agreement” to its delegates:
The union representing striking Chicago teachers plans to present the “outlines of an agreement” this afternoon to its House of Delegates, which could vote Sunday on whether to end the strike, the union’s lawyer says.
“We have the outlines of an agreement on the major issues, but it’s not for this (negotiating) committee to decide if we have a deal,” said CTU attorney Robert Bloch. “It’s for the membership of the union to decide that, and it’s for the House of Delegates to determine whether we’ll suspend the strike.”
The delegates are meeting at 2 p.m. today for what is expected to be an informational session on where talks stand. Bloch said the contract outlines would be discussed at the meeting, but no vote was likely today.
If the union delegates agree to call off the strike Sunday, students could be back in class on Monday.
This is proceeding very much along the lines that I suggested the other day. Make no mistake: this is sounding very much like a complete victory for the union and Chicago’s teachers. There may be some face-saving by the mayor but he’s had his head handed to him.
Unanswered is how Chicago will pay for the new contract.