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Karen Lewis says the Chicago Teachers Union will forgo the fourth, optional year of the contract that ended the 2012 teachers' strike.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis tore into Mayor Rahm Emanuel's kitchen cabinet Tuesday, blaming racism and "rich white people" for why the city's schools are in a fiscal crisis, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Just six months after a strike shut down city schools for more than a week, Chicago teachers and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are embroiled in another bitter fight.
In the wake of the strike by the Chicago Teachers Union, many people wonder what the union is complaining about.
As they awaited a vote that could end Chicago's first teachers strike in 25 years, teachers were balancing their desire to get back to class with lingering doubts and questions about a proposed contract that could mean major changes to their pay and job security.
Chicago teachers uncomfortable with a tentative contract offer decided Sunday to remain on strike, insisting they first wanted to consult with their full membership before deciding whether to end an acrimonious standoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel that will keep 350,000 students out of class for at least two more days.
Negotiations between union and school officials in the nation's third-largest school district resumed Thursday with an air of optimism and signals that a teachers' strike could end soon.
For the first time in a quarter-century, thousands of Chicago teachers walked off the job Monday, escalating a bitter contract dispute over evaluations, job security and other issues and forcing parents to scramble for somewhere to send idle children.
West Nile virus cases are up 40 percent since last week and may rival the record years of 2002 and 2003, federal health officials said Wednesday.