I was back on the picket line this morning, where I learned a valuable lesson… if you want photos of cheerful striking workers, go to a major intersection frequented by union truck drivers who love to honk their horns.
By Greg McCune and Mary Wisniewski
(Reuters) – Chicago teachers union and school officials resumed talks on Friday to end a five-day strike over education reforms sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel with both sides saying a deal is close but the union tempering optimism about an imminent agreement.
More than 350,000 Chicago students marked a week off classes as negotiations over final contentious issues including teacher layoffs and rehiring adjourned past midnight on Thursday.
“There were some creative ideas passed around, but we still do not have an agreement,” Karen Lewis, the fiery former high school chemistry teacher who leads the union, told reporters. “We’re going to go back to our respective shops and do some numbers crunching.” …Read More