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Chicago Teachers Union plans downtown rally days before potential strike

The city has less than a week to hammer out deals with about 35,000 schools and park district workers represented by three separate bargaining units.

Striking Chicago school teachers march after a rally in September 2012 in Chicago.
Striking Chicago school teachers march after a rally in September 2012 in Chicago.
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In what could be a preview of a massive city worker strike just days later, Chicago’s teachers, school support staff and park district employees are expected to march through downtown Chicago on Monday while schools are off on a holiday break.

The mid-afternoon rally and march could draw thousands of workers who are still negotiating three separate labor deals with the city.

Monday’s pre-strike rally is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. at the Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington, before it moves outside. Though space could be limited inside the Temple Building’s chapel, a Chicago Teachers Union spokeswoman said leaders are expecting a good turnout.

If agreements aren’t reached by next Wednesday night, the Chicago Teachers Union’s 25,000 members will join another 10,000 school staff and Chicago Park District workers with SEIU Local 73 on the picket lines.