CTU President Karen Lewis on the Deal That Stopped the Teachers Strike

A Chicago Teacher’s Union strike was averted late Monday night when the union struck a tentative four-year agreement with Chicago Public Schools and the Board of Education.

The new agreement preserves a 7-percent pension pickup by CPS for current CTU members and employees hired before Jan. 1, 2017. Teachers hired on and after that date will pay the full 9 percent employee share toward their pensions, but receive a 7-percent raise next year to offset it.

Starting Jan. 1, 2019, the CTU will end up paying an extra 0.8-percent of their salary for health insurance.


More informationCTU offers a summary of the tentative agreement reached Oct. 10


The big question is how much this agreement will cost and how the city will pay for it. A spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday that about $88 million from a surplus of tax increment financing, or TIF, funds will be paid to CPS.

CTU President Karen Lewis joins host Carol Marin to discuss the narrowly avoided teacher's union strike and the tentative contract agreement that halted it.

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