Local Union Supporting Chicago Teachers Strike

By Erika Mahoney

September 13, 2012 Updated Sep 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As the third day of the Chicago teacher strike comes to a close, there are still no reports of a deal.

CBS News says a proposed teacher evaluation system is one of the biggest stumbling blocks preventing a deal.

But the protests are getting some local support from the New York State United Teachers.

Southern Tier Staff Director Catherine Klein said her co-workers wore red to the monthly staff meeting in Albany to show their support.

As day three of the strike wraps up in Chicago, CBS News reports there is still no imminent resolution.

But Klein said no matter how long it takes, she will support her fellow union brothers and sisters.

She also said that whenever this kind of striking takes place, it brings attention to union and district relationships across the country.

Here in the Southern Tier, she said unions do face a number of challenges and that relationships are dependent on the school district.

According to Klein, unsettled contracts are troubling.

"We have challenges, we have a lot of contracts that are not settled. Are we to this [Chicago] point?" she said. "No, but we understand the fight. We're all fighting and we support our brothers and sisters in Chicago who decided to take this bold move."

Looking forward, Klein said she hopes they reach a fair deal soon.

In the meantime, NYSUT is using social media to support their fellow strikers.

On their website, they are raising money for donations, collecting letters of support and offering information on volunteering, if possible.