Teachers, supporters picket board meeting

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Negotiations among CPS officials and union members whose raises were voted down last week will likely begin in early July, CTU staff coordinator Jackson Potter said.

Negotiations among CPS officials and union members whose raises were
voted down last week will likely begin in early July, CTU staff
coordinator Jackson Potter said.

Before Wednesday’s board meeting, more than 700 people protested the
board’s vote not to give teachers and members of seven other unions
their scheduled salary raises.

“They are taking from education,” said Taylor Elementary teacher Gina Holloway. “Rather than support us, you hold our raise.”

Linda Green, an assistant lunchroom manager who has worked for CPS for
21 years, told the board during public participation that last year she
made just $18,000 before taxes and her daughters have to help her pay
the bills. “Am I overpaid? No. This is just plain wrong,” she said.