(Reuters) – About 300,000 college students in Chicago will miss lessons for an eighth day on Monday, because the academics’ union and public faculty district failed over the weekend to resolve a impasse in contract talks over class sizes, help workers ranges and pay.
Both sides blamed the opposite for the deadlock in the US’ third-largest faculty district, the place the strike started on Oct. 17, and the union, which represents the town’s 25,000 academics, has been with out a contract since July 1.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Public Faculties’ chief government, Janice Jackson, blasted the Chicago Academics Union in a joint information convention on Sunday for not accepting the college system’s provide.
“We’re enormously dissatisfied that CTU can’t merely take sure for a solution,” Lightfoot stated earlier than itemizing the specifics on provide, together with “an enormous, 16 p.c elevate for academics.”
She added, “At each flip we’ve met CTU’s calls for.”
However the union blasted the mayor’s assertions that the faculties had met a lot of its calls for, declaring that Lightfoot used “unhealthy mayoral math” to explain the faculties’ provide.
“Sticking factors on the desk stay,” together with “contract language designed to rein in classroom overcrowding,” union officers stated in a late evening assertion.
“Put bluntly, the deal that CPS is touting won’t set an enforceable class measurement commonplace for all colleges.”
The union additionally desires extra help workers, a contract that runs three years as a substitute of 5, and extra paid prep-time for elementary faculty academics.
The weekend noticed some progress nonetheless, because the union representing some faculty help workers made a tentative deal to finish the strike, Lightfoot introduced, protecting custodians, safety officers and bus aides.
However media, together with the Chicago Instances, stated late on Sunday that 7,500 members of the Service Staff Worldwide Union (SEIU) wouldn’t cross the CTU picket strains. The phrases of the SEIU settlement weren’t instantly accessible.
On Friday, officers had been extra optimistic for kids to be again in class after the weekend, with the chief of the Chicago Academics Union saying he was hopeful the day prior to this’s talks had given the trail in direction of a settlement.
“Proper now I’m guardedly optimistic,” President Jesse Sharkey informed a information convention.
Hanging academics rallied once more in a while Friday at Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain, nonetheless.
The strike is the newest in a wave of instructor work stoppages throughout the US, a few of which, reminiscent of a six-day work stoppage final winter in Los Angeles, have concerned related calls for for extra faculty assets.
It has lasted longer than walkouts elsewhere, apart from a three-week strike by academics in Union Metropolis, California in June.
President Donald Trump plans to be in Chicago on Monday for a speech and fundraiser for a grouping of worldwide police chiefs that’s anticipated to attract hundreds of protesters in addition to supporters, Politico and different media stated.
However it was unclear how the deliberate protests and picket strains of the hanging academics would have an effect on visitors and police assets.
Lightfoot, a political newcomer elected in April, confronted her first main check after Chicago academics voted to strike following the failure of contract talks to strike a deal on pay, class overcrowding and a scarcity of help workers.
She has stated the district couldn’t afford the union’s full calls for, estimating they might value an additional $2.four billion every year for a rise of greater than 30% within the present $7.7-billion faculty funds.
Reporting by Wealthy McKay in Atlanta; Further reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; Enhancing by Clarence Fernandez