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Chicago Mayor Faces ‘First Test’ With Teachers’ Strike Vote

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  • Investors are monitoring risk of teacher walkout, labor costs
Lori Lightfoot
Lori LightfootPhotographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been studying lots of numbers as she prepares Chicago’s budget, and her first big test may come from the city’s teachers this week.

Chicago Teachers Union members begin casting ballots on Tuesday on whether or not to authorize a strike. The union has rejected an offer for a 16% pay raise over five years and is also asking for more staff such as nurses, librarians, social workers and special education teachers after years of cuts. If three-fourths of members vote yes, the union must give the Chicago Board of Education a 10-day notice, meaning Oct. 7 would be the first day a walkout could start.