Chicago teachers strike averted with 11th-hour tentative contract

CHICAGO — Chicago teachers and the nation’s third-largest school district struck a tentative deal on a new contract late Monday, minutes before the deadline, averting what would have been the second major strike since 2012 for Chicago Public Schools just hours before union members were set to hit the picket lines.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said at a news conference just before midnight Tuesday that after more than a year of negotiations, the two sides had hammered out an agreement that isn’t perfect but is good for students, teachers and the city.

The deal still must be approved by the union’s House of Delegates and the full membership, a process that could take weeks.

“There will be classes in the morning,” she said. “It wasn’t easy. Clearly, as you all know, we had some issues. … We’re very pleased we were able to come to this.”

“We don’t…

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