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Fact finder recommends raise for Chicago teachers

CHICAGO – The president of the Chicago Teachers Union says an independent fact finder has recommended teachers should have their pay increased by nearly 15 percent.

Karen Lewis said Monday she was pleased the fact finder recognized that if the Chicago Public Schools wants teachers to work a longer day then the teachers should be paid more. But Lewis did not touch on the biggest issue — whether she believes the report will make it more or less likely teachers in the nation's third largest school district will go on strike.

Lewis says the union will discuss the report with the teachers. The teachers have voted to authorize a strike but a strike has not been called.

The CPS did not immediately return a call for comment on the fact finder's recommendations.

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