Affordable housing among striking Chicago teachers’ demands

CHICAGO (AP) — Demands by striking Chicago teachers include more action to lower housing costs in the nation’s third-largest city and more resources to help homeless students.

The demand for affordable housing citywide is a dramatic example of organized labor’s effort to expand bargaining beyond bread-and-butter issues.

After months of negotiating, the Chicago Teachers Union’s 25,000 members began striking Thursday along with thousands of support staff.

Chicago teachers want officials to commit to supporting state or city policies aimed at lowering housing costs for their members and students’ families. Experts said they didn’t know of any other cities where teachers forced discussion of housing costs as part of a contract.

Neither negotiating team has discussed any progress on housing issues as the strike canceled classes for a third day on Monday.

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