Teacher union polls members for possible strike

May 11, 2012 9:10:48 AM PDT
The Chicago Teachers Union has polled its 25,000 members in a run up to a possible strike vote.

Under an education reform law passed in Springfield last year, the union needs to get 75 percent approval from the rank file instead of a simple majoritybefore they can strike.

Administrators and the teachers union have been clashing over a number of issues, including lengthening the school day and expansion of charter schools.

The union is considering taking a strike vote if negotiations with the district break down.

The poll results could be released Friday.