Durbin Statement on Chicago Public Schools Teachers Strike

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today commented on the decision by the Chicago teachers union to go on strike today, after negotiations over a new contract stalled.


“While most kids in the country were heading off to school this morning, 400,000 students in Chicago stayed home because there is no agreement on a new contract,” said Durbin.  “Instead of getting an education, these kids are being put in the middle of a fight between adults.  I've reached out to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and Mayor Emanuel to urge them to get back to the negotiating table.  Chicago's students deserve better.”