CPS janitors join teachers' picket lines

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Chicago Public School teachers got some reinforcements on the 5th day of their labor strike.

CPS janitors and security guards joined the teachers as they picket in front of schools.

The SEIU members wore their trademark purple colors, as they walked with teachers who wore red.

SEIU notified the school district this week that it planned to exercise a clause in their contract that allows its members to join the teachers' picket lines in order to show union solidarity.

"We also have to let them know that it's not just the teachers.  It affects all of us," said CPS security officer Takella Moon.

SEIU janitors remain on the job Friday, but they do have the option to be on the picket line.

CPS has over 1,500 janitors.

CPS teachers have been on strike since September 10.

That is keeping 350,000 students out of school.

Thursday night both school and union officials appeared to be optimistic that they were close to reaching a deal, but officials left marathon negotiations early today saying they were still ironing out details.

After a deal is reached, it has to be voted on by the union's House of Delegates, which is meeting Friday afternoon to discuss the latest proposals.

Teachers cannot return to work before the delegates approve the deal.

Sticking points continue to be teacher evaluations and a method to recall teachers who have been laid off because of school closings, consolidations, and turnarounds.

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