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Chicago School Strike Lifts One Local Firm

In the wake of the Chicago Teachers Union strike, Sittercity, a website that helps parents find babysitters and nannies, has seen membership jump 35 percent in the past 24 hours in the Chicago market.

September 11, 2012
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The Chicago Teachers Union strike, now in its second day,is giving one Chicago company a boost in business.

Sittercity, a website that helps parents find babysitters and nannies, has seen membership jump 35 percent in the past 24 hours in the Chicago market, said Mary Schwartz, director of public relations. (She wouldn't reveal total membership.)

Seems that some parents of Chicago Public Schools students have been turning to the service to line up last-minute childcare since thousands of teachers walked off the job Sept. 10.

The company is giving parents of CPS students idled by the strike a free month-long membership by using the code "CPS." The cost is usually $35 a month.

"We're trying to do everything we can to help parents," Schwartz said.

Charter and parochial schools, which remain open while CPS classrooms are empty, expect to see a bump in interest, too, as the strike continues.

Crain's Chicago Business, a sister publication of Workforce Management. To comment, email editors@workforce.com.

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