Despite Contract Deal, Teachers’ Strike Drags On In Spat Over Makeup Days
Despite Contract Deal, Teachers’ Strike Drags On In Spat Over Makeup Days


FORGET, CHECK THE WEATHER AT ANY TIME AT CBSCHICAGO.COM AND GET A LIVE LOOK AT THE RADAR SO YOU CAN TRACK AT RAIN AND SNOW. CHICAGO TEACHERS ARE PROTESTING AT CITY HALL OVER LOST WORKDAYS AS STUDENTS ARE OUT OF SCHOOL NOW FOR AN 11th DAY. TAKE A LOOK. THIS IS A LIVE LOOK AT CITY HALL WHERE TEACHERS ARE DEMANDING THE MAYOR AGREE TO MAKE UP AND PAY THEM FOR THE MISSED DAYS WHILE THEY HAVE BEEN STRIKING AND IT COMES AFTER THE UNION AGREED TO A TENTATIVE CONTRACT. CBS 2’S MUGO ODIGWE IS LIVE TO EXPLAIN THE LATEST HANG UP. MUGO? Reporter: GOOD MORNING. IT IS COLD AND IT IS SNOWING OUT HERE, BUT THIS IS NOT STOPPING THESE TEACHERS. HUNDREDS, I MEAN, HUNDREDS OF THEM ARE OUT HERE RIGHT NOW. TAKE A LOOK BEHIND ME. THIS IS IN RESPONSE TO THE MAYOR OR THE UNION ASKING THE MAYOR TO ALLOW THEM TO MAKE UP THOSE SCHOOL DAYS THAT THEY MISSED WHILE THEY WERE ON STRIKE. IF THE MAYOR IS WILLING TO DISCUSS THIS, I’M CONFIDENT WE CAN GET AN AGREEMENT IN ORDER TO GET BACK INTO SCHOOL. Reporter: THIS BASICALLY MEANS TEACHERS WILL GET THE DAYS MISSED WHILE ON STRIKE ADDED TO THE SCHOOL CALENDAR AND GET PAID FOR THEM. 11 SO FAR. MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT RESPONDED SAYING THE UNION OLD TOLD HER THEY WANT ALL OF THE MISSED DAYS MADE UP, TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT. THEY NEED TO COME BACK TO THE TABLE WILLING TO NEGOTIATE. SHE ADDED MAKING UP THE DAYS WILL DISRUPT PLANS FAMILIES HAVE ALREADY MADE. WHAT I’M NOT WILLING TO DO IS TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT UNILATERAL DEMAND. IF THEY WANT TO COME TO THE TABLE AND COMPROMISE, I’LL CERTAINLY LISTEN. YOU CAN SEE SEVERAL TEACHERS BEHIND ME. AT THIS POINT, THEY’RE IN A WAIT AND SEE. THE MAYOR IS SAYING SHE WANTS THE UNION TO REACH OUT TO HER IF THEY’RE WILLING TO NEGOTIATE BECAUSE SHE IS NOT GOING TO GIVE THEM THOSE 11 DAYS, NOTHING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED TODAY FOR BOTH SIDES TO MEET.

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