CHICAGO -- The Chicago Teachers Union is behind closed doors Wednesday deciding whether to walk off the job Friday, April 1.
They are angry about forced furlough days and proposed pension concessions.
If they walk out, the union wants teachers to picket schools and demonstrate downtown. They’re voting about whether to do this.
Chicago Public Schools says the walkout is illegal and employees who don't report to work won't be paid.
The union started down this path after CPS announced three unpaid furlough days.
One of the furlough days is set for this Friday - Good Friday. The other two days are set for late June – days that were originally set aside for professional development. The district says the unpaid forced vacation will save $30 million.
This battle comes as the union and district work towards a contract. The talks are in fact-finding.
The district began the fiscal year with a $480 million budget hole.
CPS is asking teachers to pay more into their pension and health care. The teachers are saying no way.
The conservative Illinois Policy Institute says the district is in crisis and teachers must agree to concessions.
This could get ugly. CPS says the walkout is not legal so they’re encouraging teachers to be on the job next Friday. If not, they’re going to explore all of their legal options.