Members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) confirmed on Wednesday, October 16, that all 25,000 public school teachers in the city of Chicago will go on strike starting Thursday, October 17, after negotiations with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) failed to resolve ongoing disputes over pay, benefits, class size, and teacher preparation time. Chicago’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, announced that classes will be suspended on Thursday, affecting 300,000 students. CTU members and supporters are expected to picket outside of schools during the strike. CPS announced that school buildings will be open to students and breakfast and lunch will still be served. However, all after-school activities will be canceled.
Negotiations between CTU and CPS are expected to continue over the coming days. Further strike actions and associated rallies may be held if an agreement is not reached. Localized traffic disruptions are possible around demonstration sites
Individuals in Chicago are advised to monitor developments to the situation and allow additional time to travel near demonstration sites.
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