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Oct 3, 2012

Snowy winter ahead for some in the U.S.: Accuweather

By James B. Kelleher and Sam Nelson

(Reuters) – Snow lovers living in the U.S. Northeast and Rocky Mountains are going to rejoice this winter, according to AccuWeather.com.

The private weather forecasting firm released its long-range winter forecast on Wednesday, highlighting its predictions for temperature and precipitation trends.

Oct 2, 2012

Strike vote due at American Airlines, but result may be secret

Oct 2 (Reuters) – American Airline pilots this week are
expected to authorize their union to call a strike, but the
union says it may decide to keep the vote secret for now.

The airline’s 8,000 pilots have been casting votes on
authorization for a month, escalating a long-running labor
dispute that has already created serious flight delays at the
nation’s No. 3 carrier and a public relations nightmare for its
bankrupt parent, AMR Corp.

Oct 2, 2012

Chicago teachers vote on ratifying deal that ended strike

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago public school teachers began voting on Tuesday on whether to ratify an agreement with Mayor Rahm Emanuel that suspended a strike in the third-largest U.S. school district.

The Chicago Teachers Union has urged its 29,000 members to ratify the proposed contract, which calls for an average 17.6 percent pay raise for teachers over four years and some improvements in benefits.

Oct 2, 2012

Chicago teachers vote whether to ratify deal that ended strike

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago public school teachers vote on Tuesday whether to ratify an agreement with Mayor Rahm Emanuel that ended a strike of more than a week in the nation’s third-largest school district.

The Chicago Teachers Union has urged its 29,000 members to ratify the proposed contract, which calls for an average 17.6 percent pay raise for teachers over four years as well as some benefit improvements.

Sep 19, 2012

Chicago teachers end strike, school to resume Wednesday

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago public school teachers voted on Tuesday to end their strike and resume classes in the third-largest U.S. school district, ending a confrontation with Mayor Rahm Emanuel that focused national attention on struggling urban schools.

Some 800 union delegates representing the 29,000 teachers and support staff in Chicago Public Schools voted overwhelmingly to resume classes on Wednesday after more than two hours of debate.

Sep 18, 2012

Chicago teachers to vote on ending strike

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Teachers Union leaders will meet on Tuesday to decide whether to end a strike that has closed the nation’s third-largest school district for more than a week and focused national attention on how to reform failing urban schools.

Some 800 union delegates representing the 29,000 teachers and support staff in Chicago Public Schools will meet at 3 p.m. (2000 GMT) in a second attempt to try to get approval from delegates for a proposed new contract negotiated with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Sep 17, 2012

Emanuel’s court bid to end strike stalls, teachers call it “vindictive”

CHICAGO, Sept 17 (Reuters) – A Chicago judge said he will
not act until at least Wednesday on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s request
to block a teacher’s strike and the union accused the mayor of a
“vindictive act” as the walkout moved into a second week.

Emanuel’s lawyers went to court on Monday seeking an
injunction to have the strike declared illegal under state law.
Circuit Court Judge Peter Flynn set a hearing on the request for
Wednesday morning, according to Chicago Public Schools.

Sep 17, 2012

Chicago’s Emanuel goes to court over teachers strike

CHICAGO, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The confrontation between
striking teachers and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel moved to court
on Monday where lawyers for the mayor sought to stop the walkout
in President Barack Obama’s home city just weeks before the Nov.
6 election.

Lawyers for Chicago Public Schools filed a complaint in
circuit court against the Chicago Teachers Union seeking a
preliminary injunction “to end the strike immediately” citing
two reasons: danger to “public health and safety” of the
students and alleged violation of Illinois state law that
prohibits strikes except for wages and benefits.

Sep 13, 2012

Agreement near in Chicago teachers strike, no school Friday

CHICAGO, Sept 13 (Reuters) – The Chicago Teachers Union said
on Thursday a deal was near to end a four-day strike in the
nation’s third-largest school district over education reforms
sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but a deal will not be rea ched in
t ime to reopen schools on Friday.

“We are optimistic , but we are still hammering things out.
Schools will not open Friday,” union president Karen Lewis said
in a statement on Thursday.

Sep 13, 2012

Agreement near in Chicago teachers strike – union chief

CHICAGO, Sept 13 (Reuters) – The head of the Chicago
Teachers Union said on Thursday an agreement was near to end a
four-day strike in the nation’s third-largest school district
over education reforms sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Asked how close the union was to a deal with Chicago school
officials, teachers union president Karen Lewis told reporters:
“On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m a nine.”