Chicago Teachers Union leader on city lawyer strike comments Rich white men tell black women … in Chicago teachers union negotiations are heading into the weekend after the second day of a teachers strike ended without a contract deal. Once again, union officials pointed to progress — particularly in getting a written counterproposal on one of their major concerns, getting more nurses, librarians, social workers, special education case managers and bilingual teachers into schools. But once again, the union repeatedly said the offers still havent gone far enough. This is something weve been fighting and fighting for, and we finally did see some proposals, said Emily Penn, a CPS school social worker. Were relieved the district actually put it in writing. … It is not enough. Hopefully, we can continue to bargain in good faith. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS CEO Janice Jackson put out a statement late Friday that their latest offers on staffing and class sizes show they are working to the core issues that CTU has said are central to reaching an agreement — in writing. The statement also said: We are encouraged that todays negotiations were productive and yielded real movement on a number of key issues. That appeared to be a shift from the mayors comment earlier Friday that the school districts offer would not be sweetened financially. The fact is there is no more money, Lightfoot said. Period. Penn, who is on the bargaining team, and several union officials spoke to the news media Friday evening after talks ended for the day at Malcolm X College. Their tone was generally more conciliatory than earlier Friday, when a note from a CPS lawyer asking union leaders to spend more time in negotiations and less at rallies prompted an angry response from the union vice president. Rich white men tell black women with children in the Chicago Public Schools what to do all the time,” Vice President Stacy Davis Gates said. She noted that — unlike CTU President Jesse Sharkey — her name was misspelled in the note from a CPS attorney, which said the city cannot afford to have another three to four recess in negotiations while both of you are gone. The union tweeted out the note. My name is misspelled. So pay attention to whats being said here,” Davis Gates told the Tribune. … His name is spelled right. Theres something to this. The city has a legacy, a culture, of putting black women in the position where life is harder, where they have to be silenced, to take the backseat, and this is an element of it. , city negotiators were pushing CTU leaders to begin 10 hour daily negotiating sessions — and quietly expressing concern the walkout could extend into next week. Talks had been expected to pause Friday while the union staged a demonstration outside Lightfoots office. While the rally attracted large crowds of teachers, CPS support staff and their supporters to City Hall, Davis Gates stayed at the bargaining table. Sharkey said early negotiations Friday have been positive but added that theyre not there yet in terms of reaching an adequate agreement. Negotiations had taken a break Thursday while CTU leaders attended an enormous downtown rally. Now the city wants to draw attention to the schedule breaks as both sides continue a public relations battle — and theyre asking that at least one union leader is constantly available for talks. It is vital to the success of these negotiations that one of you be present at all times, CPS attorney James Franczek wrote. Union leaders responded angrily on Twitter that they set out their framework for a contract in January. So when Franczek sends us this note, its like cmon son…our team has been at this for 10 months, spending more than half of those months in classrooms asterisk and asterisk at the table. His boss didnt start her job until May, and didnt get somewhat serious about schools until July, the CTU tweeted. Davis Gates later said: If the city is openly predicting this goes into next week, that means they are not ready to come to the table and offer something that makes sense. They keep signaling their intention, and their intention is not to come to an agreement that reflects their campaign promises, that reflects transformation. Franczek could not be reached regarding Davis Gates comments about his note. Both the Chicago mayor and CPS chief executive officer are African American women. Talks are set to resume at about 1 p.m. Saturday. Sharkey said several union members would be at an Illinois Federation of Teachers conference Saturday morning to be present when the federation honors his predecessor as CTU president, Karen Lewis, who stepped down last year because of serious health problems. Just before the unions rally at City Hall on Friday, Sharkey offered an update, saying the sides discussed special education Friday morning and planned to talk more about staffing in the afternoon. He said the city has offered language that would provide for the hiring of 250 school nurses, but he said the union has to look at that against current staffing levels. We can do the math,” he said, noting there are almost 520 schools in the district. The union has called for a nurse in every school. CPS CEO Jackson took to airwaves on Friday morning asking for talks to go around the clock. We need sessions to go as long as they need to go in order to reach a deal, Jackson told WGN. Kids are now out of school, we need to be spending the time that parents expect us to be spending at the bargaining table resolving these issues. Lightfoot used her morning appearance to try and pressure the union into negotiating at least 10 hours a day, seven days a week. The mayor indirectly alluded to her administrations frustration with union leaders for attending a rally Thursday instead of spending all day Thursday negotiating. The ball is very much in their court, Lightfoot said. We didnt leave the table. At least one of Sharkey or Gates have to be at the table in order for this to move forward, Lightfoot said. One city source said theres concern talks could drag on for another week. Davis Gates said its a matter of how Lightfoot chooses to exert her control. “The mayor is in control of every single resource in this city, Davis Gates said. The fact that we cant conclude a contract deal is about her refusal to do so…. This is a strong mayor city. She controls transportation, she controls public safety, she controls housing, she controls economic development, she controls public education. Certainly a mayor who has that much control can figure out how to land a contract that improves the lives of students in Chicago Public Schools. The urgency must lie in their ability to put those things together. But again, Lightfoot said both sides could reach a deal in a matter of days or even the weekend if they sat down together with a sense of urgency. Tribune reporters Madeline Buckley and Javonte Anderson contributed.