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Chicago teachers union gives 10-day strike notice

3:11 PM, Aug 29, 2012   |    comments
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CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Teachers Union has given a 10-day strike notice, saying members are willing to walk off the job for the first time in 25 years.

Union President Karen Lewis said Wednesday that contract talks are faltering, with unresolved issues that include pay increases and job security.

The notice means the soonest teachers could strike is Sept. 10. But it doesn't mean a strike will definitely happen.

Lewis said no strike date has been set, and the union would continue negotiating until there is a contract, even if there is a strike.

Many students are already back to school. The rest begin Tuesday.

The Chicago Board of Education says it's ready to care for kids who rely on schools for meals and a safe place during the day.

The Associated Press

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