Chicago Teachers Union says it’s modified proposals to try to reach a deal before strike date, says ball now in city’s court

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS leadership provide an update on the status of the contract negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union during a press conference at City Hall on Oct. 7, 2019. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune)
Dozens of teachers, teacher's union members, and supporters rally outside the Chicago Public School headquarters before the first meeting of the new Chicago Board of Education, on July 26, 2019. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey, center, with union members, Chicago Park District employees, and members of SEIU Local 73, stand on a stage after a vote on a unified strike date at the teachers union's headquarters on Oct. 2, 2019. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Teacher Anthony Cappetta, center right, stands with Chicago Teachers Union members and members of SEIU Local 73 after a vote on a unified strike date at the teachers union's headquarters on Oct. 2, 2019. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Members of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates exit after voting on a strike date at the union's headquarters in the 1900 block of West Carroll Avenue on Oct. 2, 2019. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Teacher Victoria Ferro records a press conference by Chicago Teachers Union members and members of SEIU Local 73 after a vote on a unified strike date at the teachers union's headquarters on Oct. 2, 2019. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey, center right, with union members, Chicago Park District employees, and members of SEIU Local 73, stand on a stage after a vote on a unified strike date at the teachers union's headquarters. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Dozens of teachers, teacher's union members, and supporters rally outside the Chicago Public School headquarters before the first meeting of the new Chicago Board of Education, Wednesday, July 26, 2019. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)
A Chicago public school teacher cheers while Presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally at the Chicago Teachers Union headquarters Tuesday Sept. 24, 2019 in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
From left, Kevin Gates holds his daughters Hazel, left, and Laura, right, while listening to Presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders during a rally at the Chicago Teachers Union headquarters Tuesday Sept. 24, 2019 in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, joined by CPS CEO Janice Jackson, discusses the ongoing negotiations regarding the Chicago Teachers Union during a press conference at Daniel Webster Elementary School in Chicago, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) president Jesse Sharkey speaks outside of Chicago Public Schools headquarters prior to a Chicago Board of Education meeting in Chicago on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. The Chicago Board of Education is expected to pass a budget during its meeting. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, left, stands with CPS CEO Janice Jackson and discusses the ongoing negotiations regarding the Chicago Teachers Union during a new conference at Daniel Webster Elementary School in Chicago on Aug. 26, 2019. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Teachers Union president Jesse Sharkey, takes questions from the press outside CPS headquarters, before a public hearing, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Teachers Union members picket in front of Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy (IHSCA), one of four schools striking three charter operators, in Chicago on Thursday, May 2, 2019. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
People gather outside Chicago High School for the Arts, 2714 W. Augusta Blvd., for a protest and rally to bring awareness to contract negotiations for the Chicago Teachers Union, Tuesday, May 1, 2019, in Chicago. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Teachers Union president Jesse Sharkey speaks outside of Chicago Public Schools headquarters prior to a Chicago Board of Education meeting in Chicago on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. The Chicago Board of Education is expected to pass a budget during its meeting. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)
Presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders attends a rally at the Chicago Teachers Union headquarters Tuesday Sept. 24, 2019 in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tri / Chicago Tribune)
The Chicago Teachers Union counts ballots to determine if members have authorized a strike Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
The Chicago Teachers Union counts ballots to determine if members have authorized a strike Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey speaks as dozens of teachers, teacher's union members, and supporters rally outside the Chicago Public School headquarters before the first meeting of the new Chicago Board of Education on July 26, 2019. Among the many issues they rallied for were more nurses and social workers in schools, roll over sick days, CPS funding and a fair contract. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)
As community advocate Helen Thomas talks to a television reporter, representatives of the Chicago Teachers Union hold up signs and shout slogans after holding a press conference on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, outside Simeon Career Academy in Chicago to protest against class sizes they say are too large. (Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune)
Mayor Lori Lightfoot stands with Chicago Public Schools leaders at a news conference about contract negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union, at City Hall on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)
Kristy Brooks, a school counselor and Chicago Teachers Union bargaining team member, speaks during a town hall meeting to address issues related to a possible strike from the Chicago Teachers Union, SEIU Local 73 and the Chicago Park District, at Grace Episcopal Church, 637 S. Dearborn St., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune) (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
As representatives of the Chicago Teachers Union begin a press conference on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, outside Simeon Career Academy in Chicago to protest against class sizes they say are too large, community advocate Helen Thomas counter-protests by holding a sign urging the union to "take the deal" being offered by the city of Chicago. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune) (Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune)
Maria Moreno, financial secretary for the Chicago Teachers Union, speaks during a town hall meeting to address issues related to a possible strike from the Chicago Teachers Union, SEIU Local 73 and the Chicago Park District, at Grace Episcopal Church, 637 S. Dearborn St., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune) (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

The Chicago Teachers Union says it has modified demands on two of its key issues — class sizes and staffing — to try to reach a contract deal before its Thursday strike date.

CTU President Jesse Sharkey said its new proposal “does not solve all our outstanding issues” but does “provide a path to a contract.”

Union leaders, speaking to the media Saturday afternoon after negotiations wrapped up for the weekend, said they are open to accepting a phase-in of proposals to cap class sizes and to increase staffing of social workers, case managers and school nurses. The CTU said it wants the phase-in to begin in neighborhoods that facing higher levels of violence and other stressors.

This “gives the mayor a path to get an agreement if that is her desires,” Sharkey said. He added it’s “going to take decisive action” on the city’s part. Officials added they still want specific staffing numbers outlined in their contract.

The latest statements appeared to mark a shift in tone to a more conciliatory stance from Friday evening, when the union blasted a city counter-offer as “half-baked and wholly deficient.” Sharkey called Saturday’s bargaining session “positive and encouraging,” unlike Friday’s which he called “a pretty sullen and angry day.”

Earlier Saturday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson released a joint statement saying they “remain committed to working diligently on behalf of our children to get a deal done,” despite the CTU rejecting “everything we have offered, without providing a comprehensive, written counteroffer.”

“We value and respect our teachers, and we will be back at the negotiating table today in an effort to avoid a work stoppage,” Lightfoot and Jackson said. "It’s essential that both sides come together so that our students can continue making their remarkable academic progress, and families can have the peace of mind they deserve.”

hleone@chicagotribune.com


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