"We're Dying The Death Of A Thousand Cuts," Says CTU Ahead Of April 1 Walkout


The Chicago Teacher’s Union voted Wednesday to stage a one-day walkout on April 1—a move they hope will bring more attention to their contract fight as well as a lack of funding for resources in Chicago Public Schools.

“We are dying the death of a thousand cuts,” said CTU President Karen Lewis.

Union reps said the move was almost certain earlier this month when Chicago Public Schools announced that its employees would be forced to take three unpaid furlough days before the end of the school year. The forced furlough days came after the District announced 62 layoffs, along with $120 million in cuts to its central office and school budgets.

“This house is ready and united,” Lewis told reporters at a press conference after the union's House of Delegates voted in favor of the measure.


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