CTU threatens to strike as early as April 1

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union is threatening to strike as early as April 1st.

Chicago Public Schools laid off 62 employees Monday, including 17 teachers, as part of a cost-cutting effort; but what upsets the union it a CPS threat to cancel its annual union pension contribution.

The union says cutting off the contribution effectively cuts teacher pay by 7 percent.

A city attorney argues that state law doesn’t allow the union to strike until at least mid-May.