- Associated Press - Sunday, September 9, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) — Members of the Chicago Teachers Union are walking the picket lines after contract talks failed to reach an agreement.

About a dozen teachers were protesting Monday outside Benjamin Banneker Elementary School on Chicago’s South Side. The teachers wore red union T-shirts and carried signs with slogans such as “Fair Contract Now!” and “On Strike for Better Schools.”

Eighth-grade teacher Michael Williams said he hopes for a quick contract resolution, but he said wages and classroom conditions need to be improved, including air conditioning in the classroom.

Banneker has students in kindergarten through eighth grade and no air conditioning. Mr. Williams said students have fainted in the hot classroom conditions.