CHICAGO, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A week before a planned strike, 26,000 Chicago teachers dressed in red and rallied in solidarity at downtown Daley Plaza Monday, union officials said.
The teacher's union and the school district remain at odds over wages, benefits and job security, and teachers are prepared to strike if no agreement is reached by Sept. 10, WLS-TV, Chicago, reported Monday.
"It's not going to be easy for any of us, teachers, faculty, staff. But that's what the union is. We have to fight for what is right," said teacher Sharon O'Connell, at the rally.
It would be Chicago's first teacher walkout in 25 years, WLS-TV said, adding the union has the support of the Fraternal Order of Police, Service Employees International Union and other prominent trade unions whose representatives spoke at the rally.