“We want to be partners,” Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Davis Gates said. “And if our partnership continues to go ignored, we reserve the right to stop providing our work. That is the bottom line.”

Leaders of the 25,000-member Chicago Teachers Union started 2019 hopeful that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision not to seek a third term gave them a clear shot at electing their pick for mayor and end an era marked by confrontation, a seven-day strike in 2012 and tense negotiations in 2016.

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