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September Surprise in Chicago

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CTU president Karen Lewis said HoD members aren't happy with the agreement. "They'd like it to be a lot better for us than is it. This is the deal we got."

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Information Lewis released the previous day suggested a better agreement than negotiated. Belatedly, she acknowledged what should have been explained straightaway, saying:

"This is not a good deal by any stretch of the imagination, not (compared) to what our members are (used) to having."

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Last Friday, she said she's "very comfortable" with agreed on terms. Now she admits they're woefully short. Saying the contract won't "solve everything" doesn't wash. It solves little relating to what matters most.

Delegates were upset about being force-fed terms with too little time to review them. They balked so everything is on hold.

Substance News Editor George Schmidt said BoD members voted 350 - 220 to keep striking. At this point, it's only for one or two more days. Delegates want more time to review "available details" released.

Under CTU rules, they set and suspend strike actions. Full union membership has final say. No deal is sealed until they approve it. Voting can take up to two weeks. As a result, when classes resume, walking out again won't be easy or even possible.

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Once BoD members vote approval, "the contract".and all provisions (in it) are in place for the duration."

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