CPS, teachers negotiating contract on MLK day

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Thousands of Chicago Public School teachers are on the brink of being fired. Pink slips could have been issued Monday, according to the contract. But they did not go out.

Both sides will be working toward settling a contract on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

CPS chief Forrest Claypool warned that up to 5,000 teachers could lose their jobs this year because of the budget. The earliest those pink slips could come out would have been Monday.  Instead, both sides will try to work things out.

CPS chief Forrest Claypool previously warned that jobs would be cut on February 8, the start of the second semester.

The contract requires three weeks notice.  The Chicago Teachers Union says if teachers are laid off mid-year, they will go on strike.

Since Monday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) is a school holiday, the bigger negotiating team will be at the table.

"We're still stuck on non-monetary things. Ultimately we have to go back to bargaining team made of people who work in the schools," CTU president Karen Lewis said. 

The school board has been trying to get state legislators to bail out the board's obligations to the teachers pension system. But Governor Rauner says Chicago should not expect help from the state.

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