Chicago teachers union rank and file approve new contract

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NBC Chicago – The rank and file of the Chicago Teachers Union have overwhelmingly ratified the new contract put before them on Tuesday.

“This shows overwhelming recognition by our members that this contract represents a victory for students, communities and our profession,” CTU President Karen Lewis said. “Our members are coming are coming out of this with an even greater appreciation for the continued fight for public education.  We thank our parents for standing with their children’s teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians.”

A statement from the CTU said 20,765 valid ballots were cast, with 79.1 percent of the votes from teachers, paraprofessionals and school clinicians approving the contract.

Members of the Chicago Board of Education must also vote approve the contract before it becomes effective.

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