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Chicago Teachers Union leader says talks better

CHICAGO — The head of the Chicago Teachers Union says negotiations with the district have taken a "turn for the better."

During an appearance on WLS-TV on Friday, President Karen Lewis said she's been more heartened by recent talks with officials at Chicago Public Schools.

The teachers union has called for a strike Monday if there's no agreement on a contract. It would be the first teachers strike in a quarter century in Chicago, which has more than 400,000 public school students.

Lewis says negotiations are continuing over issues such as working conditions and pay.

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