“In the morning, no CTU member will be inside our schools,” Karen Lewis said at 10 p.m. "Please seek alternative care for your children."
Lewis also said, "Negotiations have been intense but productive, however we have failed to reach an agreement that will prevent a labor strike. This is a difficult decision and one we hoped we could avoid. Throughout these negotiations have I remained hopeful but determined. We must do things differently in this city if we are to provide our students with the education they so rightfully deserve."
For the full CTU press release on the strike, please go HERE.
CTU staffers and volunteers have been working hard all weekend at CTU Strike Headquarters located in Teamster City at 1642 W. Van Buren providing union representatives with picket signs, strike bulletins, union apparel and final instructions.
Would you like a Chicago Teachers Solidarity Campaign(CTSC) t-shirt? It's the same attractive red as the CTU t-shirts and it's the perfect way to wear your solidarity. CTSC t-shirts will be sold at the Strike HQ, (1642 W. Van Buren, Teamsters Local 705) starting Monday. You can also place an order of 24 or more through the union printer American Campaigns by calling (773) 261-6800.
Finally the CTSC Strike Support Text Alert System is up and running! Text "@ctsc2012" to 23559 for updates on CTU/CPS negotiations, picket locations, rallies, and meetings.