CTU’s Karen Lewis: Union likely not to agree to 1 year contract extension

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The head of the Chicago Teachers Union opened the door to strike talk today.

Union head Karen Lewis said the union would forgo the fourth year of a negotiated deal to iron out its concerns about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed pension cuts.

Negotiations would likely go into the mayoral election.

If that all happens, the current contract would expire on June 30th of 2015.

CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett released a statement this afternoon saying, “My team and I are focused on finishing this school year strong for our students, parents, teachers and administrators and we are not yet focused on contract negotiations for next year.”

A strike in September of 20 12 lasted seven days.

The Chicago Teachers Union agreed to a three year pact with an option for a fourth year.

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