April 1, 2016 – Teachers in Chicago took to picket lines Friday in a one day strike in order to encourage the lawmaking body to give adequate funds for the schools of the nation’s third-largest district.They hoped that this would serve as a wake-up call to the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emmanuel, governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, and the rest of the lawmakers to take a closer look on the education sector of the district. They aired out that the public schools don’t have enough book and educational materials to make the teaching-learning process viable in the twenty-first century.
On 2012, the Chicago Teachers Union went for a strike and shut down schools for more than a week in order to reach an agreement with the Chicago mayor; however, that contract will end by June and the negotiations for a new one has been long discussed and hasn’t been approved for a year.
Even parents shared support to these teachers who went their way in order to address problems with regards to the education of their children, even if it means inconvenience to them and their young ones. Emmanuel stated that he was supporting this goal of teachers to get more funds for their schools, given that theirs served poor students; however, he also urged the union to join him in lobbying this call to the rest of the legislative body instead of closing schools, given that many of these students depend on CPS for meals and assistance.
District CEO Forrest Pool said that these teachers on strike won’t be receiving any pay for the day of absence and he will also be filing a complaint to block the union’s “illegal strike”.