Chicago teachers say latest offer disappointing

12:53 PM, Sep 8, 2012   |    comments
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CHICAGO (AP) - The vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union says the city school district's latest offer in contract negotiations is disappointing.

Jesse Sharkey says talks will continue throughout Saturday and resume Sunday. A strike deadline in the nation's third-largest school district looms Monday.

Chicago teachers say they're ready to walk off the job for the first time in 25 years over issues that include pay raises, classroom conditions, job security and teacher evaluations.

Hundreds of teachers stopped by the strike headquarters the union opened Saturday to pick up picket signs and T-shirts.

Sharkey is taking part in the weekend talks and says he remains hopeful. But he says the district's latest proposal does not have "enough pieces of the puzzle there yet to make a picture."

The Associated Press

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