A high-ranking city official told CNN on Thursday that the two sides are "still a long way from each other" and the strike is likely to run for the weekend.
"We understand this is hard for parents," said Jesse Sharkey, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, to reporters Friday morning. "But it's a short-term disruption to what we hope is a long-term commitment to educational justice in this city."
Negotiation team members spent at least 1
"It was moving, but not nearly enough," she said in a press conference on Thursday night.
Among the educators is Willie Cousins, who as an assistant to the teacher for five years for less than $ 30,000 a year, he said.
"And to make ends meet, because of my salary I had to do an extra job at Walmart, Food 4 Less – it depends," he said. "But I have a family of four that I have to take care of."
The union also wants the city to hire more librarians, social workers, counselors and nurses. And they say there are not enough teachers for students learning English.
"Our students earn smaller classes, they earn nurses, they make social workers, they have bilingual educators," said Special Education Pedagogue Linda Perales
Chicago's Board of Education previously published a 71-page counteroffer to the demands of the union.
"We have tried to deliver the best deal that is taxable, fair to teachers and taxpayers," said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. "It provides for a 16% salary increase for all employees, which would immediately increase the lowest earning workers, on average receiving a 38% salary increase over the term of the (five-year) contract under the current offer . "
Another $ 400,000 a year would be needed for a pipeline for nurses, counselors, and case managers. "And $ 1 million would be used to reduce class size in classrooms from grade four to grade 12.
" Without question, the deal we put on the table is the best in the history of the Chicago Teachers Union, "said Mayor Lightfoot.
Schools and community centers are open to students
School buildings remain open during the strike to provide students with a place to go and access meals, Superintendent Janice said Jackson: The schools are staffed with administrators and employees who are not part of the union.
Some parents like Liam Boyd do not support the strike. The father of a fourth grader in Blaine Elementary called the strike "a whole distraction and interruption of the school year".
"I do not support the union," he said. "The school district and the city were fairer this time and (trying) to be fairer."
Omar Jimenez, Brad Parks, Gianluca Mezzofiore, Sheena Jones, Amanda Watts, and Darran Simon contributed to the CNN's contributions to this report.