New CTU president prepares to deal with 'dysfunctional' city administration

Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Davis Gates speaks to the media regarding the safety concerns at schools, outside of Barton Elementary School in Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Davis Gates is the CORE slate's candidate for CTU president. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images) Photo credit (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The newly elected president of the Chicago Teachers Union, Stacy Davis Gates, says she’s looking forward to building coalitions as she faces off against City Hall leadership she calls “dysfunctional.”

“The dysfunction that the leadership on the fifth floor demonstrates is not just felt with our public school system. The dysfunction is felt with the unprecedented violence that we’re experiencing with the city,” Gates told WBBM Newsradio on Wednesday.

Gates has been criticized for her rocky relationship with Mayor Lightfoot, saying earlier this year that Lightfoot was “unfit to lead this city.”

“Women can disagree, we can,” Gates responded.

Teachers in Chicago have the best contract they’ve had in a generation, with nurses and social workers in every school by 2024, she said.

“I think we’ve done a pretty good job getting what our school communities need,” she said.

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