View more videos at: http://nbcchicago.com.Chicago teachers have shown their solidarity in massive numbers. More than 90 percent of teachers have given the OK for a work stoppage, multiple sources told NBC Chicago. That number is well above the 75 percent needed, by law, to authorize a strike. Chicago
Teachers Union spokesman Stephanie Gadlin declined to provide an official number but said that some schools have seen 100 percent of teachers approve a strike.
"We're pleased," she said, but added: "We know there will be challenges by [Chicago Public Schools].
CTU is analyzing and double-checking the numbers before releasing any information on the vote. That may happen Monday.
CPS officials declined to comment until official numbers are released.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel last year rescinded a four percent pay increase and pushed for a longer school day. CPS has since proposed a five-year contract which guarantees teachers a two percent raise in their first year and lengthens the school day by 10 percent. Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/chicago-teachers-union-ctu-strike-authorization-vote-158260415.html#ixzz1xJcr02R8