CTU members vote whether to authorize strike: Day 2

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CHICAGO — Today is the second day that CPS teachers can vote on whether to authorize a strike.

Voting runs through Friday. We could hear the results that night.

Three-quarters of union members need to vote “yes” in order to approve a walkout.

97-percent voted in favor of striking, in a test vote last month.

The mayor’s office is warning of job cuts, early next year if they don’t find a way to fill a $500-million budget hole.

The teachers union is pushing for high salaries, smaller class sizes, and more programs.

But the school system wants teachers to pay more for their health benefits.

CPS CEO Forrest Claypool is considering cutting 450 administrative jobs to save $50-million.


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