CHICAGO — Thousands flocked to a Chicago Teachers Union rally Downtown, calling for "good schools and a fair contract" on Monday.
Earlier this month, CTU said 97 percent of teachers were ready to strike, according to the results of a mock vote. On Monday, CTU President Karen Lewis said teachers would strike if necessary to "protect" students.
Attendees, thousands of whom rallied despite cold temperatures, addressed a number of issues, with some calling for better funding for neighborhood schools, many of which faced cuts this year, an elected school board and a $15 minimum wage for all Chicago Public Schools employees.
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