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CHICAGO --  The Chicago Teachers Union has set an Oct. 11 strike date if the union fails to reach a contract agreement by then with Chicago Public Schools.

Saying it's time to move contract talks along, union president Karen Lewis said teachers will "withhold our labor" if an agreement isn't reached by the strike date. She wouldn't say if the two sides are close to an agreement.

The union's approximately 25,000 members walked out in 2012 for 10 days and staged a one-day walkout in April.

CTU vice president Jesse Sharkey said in addition to compensation, the union's stance is partially motivated by cuts in school staffing, including librarians, and services like special education experts.

CPS CEO Forrest Claypool says the cash-strapped district will do everything possible to prevent disruption of the school year.