Chicago teachers hit the picket lines

By: Newscenter 16 staff
By: Newscenter 16 staff

CHICAGO (AP) - Members of the Chicago Teachers Union are walking the picket lines after contract talks failed to reach an agreement.

About a dozen teachers were protesting Monday outside Benjamin Banneker Elementary School on Chicago's South Side. The teachers wore red union t-shirts and carried signs with slogans such as "Fair Contract Now!" and "On Strike for Better Schools."

Eighth-grade teacher Michael Williams says he hopes for a quick contract resolution. But he says wages and classroom conditions need to be improved, including air-conditioning in the classroom.

Banneker has students in kindergarten through eighth grade and no air-conditioning. Williams says students have fainted in the hot classroom conditions.

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