- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Teachers Union plans to ask the Board of Education to pay $15 an hour to low-wage workers, including parents who help ensure students get to and from school safely.

CTU officials say they’ll present the proposal at Wednesday’s Chicago Board of Education meeting, where workers are expected to testify. They say a $15 minimum wage should apply to all subcontracted workers.

The district’s “Safe Passage” program was created after the school board closed about 50 neighborhood schools, forcing some children to walk to different neighborhoods

Separately, the Service Employees International Union Local 1 says school janitors will rally outside the meeting to call for higher wages, better benefits and more full-time positions. Many janitors were laid off by a subcontractor and hired back part-time.

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