Chicago teachers and park workers almost unanimously voted this week to strike on Oct. 17 if their contract demands aren’t met.

The city offered teachers 16 percent raises over five years plus step increases for seniority that would translate to a 24 percent increase for the average teacher. The Chicago Sun reports “the median salary for more than 19,600 full-time CPS teachers was $82,826 in late August, according to an analysis of CPS data. Teachers also receive a median of $28,600 in benefits.”

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