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  • 1 PM TODAY, Sunday, Dec. 9: Press conference and rally with Acero strikers, parents, allies. CTU HQ, 1901 W. Carroll, Chicago

Strike is suspended, and teachers and paraprofessionals will return to class Monday.

CHICAGO—The bargaining team for more than 500 striking CTU members at 15 UNO/Acero charter schools reached a tentative agreement with management just before 5AM this morning. The strike has been suspended.

Teachers and paraprofessionals will hold a rally and press conference at 1PM today at CTU headquarters to share more details about the tentative agreement, which aligns pay for educators and paraprofessionals with pay scales in CPS schools over the course of the agreement, reduces class and includes language in the contract that sets terms for sanctuary schools for students and families.

More details will be available at this afternoon’s press conference and rally, scheduled for 1PM at CTU headquarters, 1901 W. Carroll on Chicago’s West Side.

CTU educators at UNO/Acero schools have been on strike since Tuesday, as they’ve held the picket lines at their schools with parents and protested for more classroom resources, smaller class sizes, sanctuary protections for their immigrant students and fair wages—particularly for low-wage paraprofessionals.

The strike is the first of a charter operator in the nation.

Educators’ demands are simple and reasonable: lower class sizes for students, sanctuary for students and other members of our school communities, and fair compensation for educators, especially teacher assistants and other low-wage support staff.

The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 25,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the nearly 400,000 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.ctunet.com.