But SEIU Local 73 reached a tentative agreement with the city on Sunday night, although CTU talks apparently eased. Lightfoot said the city had presented CTU with “the most generous offer in the history of the SPC,” which included increases for teachers and staff, as well as class sizes and support by prioritizing the most needed schools. CPS officials said CTU`s requests over the district`s latest offer would cost $100 million, but the union says the gap is closer to $38 million. In terms of enrolment, the city said it had agreed to place a full-time social worker and a nurse in each school, but Davis Gates said most schools without librarians would be under the city`s offer. “Until today, we have put everything we could – responsibly – to reach an agreement, but we have no agreement to announce today,” Lightfoot said. “I`m terribly disappointed for that.” Yet at their own press conference on Sunday in front of Malcolm X College, where negotiations were held, CTU officials denied that the gap was so great. “It was the public school system that helped me get to where I am today,” she said. “That`s why I refuse to accept that our children have to choose between a teacher, a social worker, a nurse or a librarian. I ask and leave our children so that our children earn nothing less than the best. Workers on the front lines of this pandemic make extraordinary sacrifices every day. They deserve leaders who will listen to them and work hard for them, as they are for their communities. As president, that is exactly what I am going to do. “CTU told us, told us that it was a buy-in and told the public that they wanted this contract to change public education in Chicago, and that`s exactly what our offer is doing,” Lightfoot said.

“So when I hear that there is a market on the table and we cannot say yes, I have to ask: say yes to injustice or injustice? Do we say yes to things that are half finished? Davis Gates said. Jackson said the remaining demands from CTU management would require an additional $100 million in funding, in addition to the city`s current $500 million offer, “which the District simply cannot afford.” When asked if the city had misrepresced the figures, the entire CTU negotiating team gave a strong “yes.” “Don`t let anyone tell you that children should be in their classrooms. We all know that, so you stay where you are,” said Christel Williams-Hayes, the union`s host secretary.