After 9:30 pm tonight, we had major breakthroughs in bargaining at the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) on longstanding issues, including social worker and healthcare staffing, compensation, and school schedules. With the rollback of massive cuts to art programming and these major wins for our members and students, our CTU bargaining committee has informed ChiArts management that we are prepared to continue working tonight to complete a tentative agreement that would avoid a strike at the school.

This means that strike action for tomorrow (Wednesday 9/6) will be suspended, members will report to work, and school will be in session. We are hopeful about the new progress being made, but should ChiArts management not be able to compromise and reach a full collective bargaining agreement with us, our strike action could be resumed on the following day.

We will continue to burn the midnight oil to get the last remaining pieces in place for the schools and classrooms our students and their families deserve. We want to send a special thank you to everyone — parents, students, elected officials — for the unity and solidarity that have got us to this point. We will let you know as soon as possible when we have additional details to share with you.

The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 30,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the more than 300,000 students and families they serve. The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third-largest teachers local in the United States. For more information please visit the CTU website at www.ctulocal1.org.