Chicago Teachers Union Says it Has Broken Off Contract Talks

A Chicago Teachers Union official said on Thursday the union has broken off contract talks with the public school system but it was too soon to say if there would be a repeat of the 2012 strike. Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey said it was now "highly unlikely" an agreement would be reached before the current contract expires on Tuesday. Sharkey said the union will talk to Chicago Public Schools in the future, but for now the two sides are at an impasse. Getting to a new contract without another strike will be a major test of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's second term. The district has typically declined comment on contract negotiations.