Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis: Deal Ending Strike a Victory for Education
The following is a Democracy Now! interview with Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.
Chicago Public School teachers are returning to the classroom today nine days after launching their first strike in a quarter century. On Tuesday, 800 delegates of the Chicago Teachers Union voted overwhelmingly to suspend the strike to put an agreement with the city before the entire membership. The deal calls for a double-digit salary increase over the next three years, including raises for cost of living, while maintaining other increases for experience and advanced education. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis joins us to talk about the strike, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and what this means for education reform across the country. "We’ve been micromanaged into doing things that we know are harmful for children," Lewis says.VIDEO BELOW