Crunch Time: Comparing the final pre-strike offer with the tentative agreement

Striking Chicago Teachers' Union members demonstrate outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office in City Hall in Chicago on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. (Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune)

The Chicago teachers strike entered its second week with a flurry of activity.

Rather than being approved by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) House of Delegates on Sunday, the tentative agreement will not be accepted until Tuesday evening at the earliest.

Meanwhile, Chicago Public Schools filed a lawsuit in Cook County court Monday morning. The suit asserted that the strike presents a “clear and present danger to public health and safety” and asked for a preliminary injunction to halt the action.

Cook County Judge Peter Flynn
declined to take up the lawsuit until Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

We decided to use Document Cloud to take a look at four key elements of the tentative agreement in light of the final offer CPS gave before the strike began on Monday, September 10 (Click on the notes to see the full documents.).

Salary Pre Strike:


Salary Tentative Agreement:



Laid Off Teachers Pre Strike:




Laid Off Teachers Tenative Agreement:


Health Benefits and Wellness Pre Strike:


Health Benefits and Wellness Tentative Agreement:


School Day and Calendar Pre Strike:


School Day and Calendar Tentative Agreement:


The strike has to end before a fair assessment of its ultimate impact can be made.

On these key issues, though, legitimate questions can be raised as to whether the action will have yielded substantially different wages and working conditions for the teachers and their students than that which the school system put on the table before the first teachers strike in a quarter century began.


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Jeff Kelly Lowenstein es Editor de Bases de Datos e Investigaciones Vívelohoy

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