The mayor of Chicago is asking for the city’s teachers union to stop the strike while continuing negotiations.
This comes as the strike in the country’s third-largest school district enters its fifth day.
Disagreements over pay, benefits and class size are among the top concerns that prompted the strike, which started on Thursday, Oct. 17. Monday marks the third day of school missed as a result of the strike.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot wrote a letter Monday to Chicago Teachers Union president Jesse Sharkey, calling for the teachers to return to the classrooms while negotiations carry on.
“While we have made progress at the bargaining table, it is unclear that we can reach an agreement today given the current pace,” Lightfoot wrote in the letter.
“The students and families of Chicago cannot afford to be out of school for any longer, which is why we are asking you to end the strike and encourage your members to return to work while bargaining continues. As someone who is concerned about the success of our students, we hope you see how necessary it is to reopen schools at this time,” Lightfoot wrote.
Lightfoot went on to give specific examples of the impact the strike will have on students, from a canceled college fair to the prospect of a prestigious football team being ineligible for the state playoffs, if the strike isn’t resolved by Tuesday.
For its part, the Chicago Teachers Union posted various videos of multiple strikes happening across the city Monday.
The CTU did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment about Lightfoot’s letter, but there is slated to be an update on the negotiations Monday afternoon.
more recommended stories
Donald Trump lashes out at Jennifer Williams ahead of public testimony
Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice.
Feds bust brothers who allegedly made $6 million off counterfeit iPhones, iPads
Federal authorities unsealed an indictment Wednesday.
Scientists may have just worked out why we hiccup
In a study led by University.
Rafa Nadal angered by ‘bullsh**’ marriage question after ATP Finals defeat by Alexander Zverev
After defeat by Alexander Zverev in.
Watch sells for $31 million at auction
A Patek Philippe watch has sold.
JetBlue is rolling out cheaper fares. But there’s a catch
The airline announced Tuesday that it.
Impeachment hearings: A look at who’s scheduled to appear next week
The House Intelligence Committee will hold.
Dolly Parton says she has tattoos to cover her scars
Yes, “tattoos,” plural. The legendary singer.
See Trebek's emotional response to contestant's answer
“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek choked up.
George Pell: Australia’s High Court agrees to hear cardinal’s appeal on child sex charges
The decision handed down Wednesday in.