With school just weeks away, Chicago teachers join together for strike training

CHICAGO -- Today about 50 Chicago teachers joined with workers representing other public and private-sector unions for strike training.

The national group Labor Notes organized what was called the "Chicago Troublemaking School" held today in a rented space at UIC. WGN’s cameras were not allowed inside the workshops, which covered topics like secrets to successful organizing, preparing for and winning strikes, media strategies, and also the history of labor in Chicago.

The Teachers Union and CPS remain at odds over a new contract. CPS officials say there will be more cuts to schools, if teachers don't agree to concessions. But teachers have roundly rejected a proposal that would require them to chip in more toward their pensions. With no deal, the union says teachers are preparing for the possibility of a strike.

A strike would have to be approved by CTU membership. Back in 2012, Chicago teachers were on strike for seven school days before reaching an agreement with the board.