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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
CHICAGO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Karen Lewis, the fiery, frumpy
former teacher leading striking Chicago teachers, has carefully
built support for her cause of challenging education orthodoxy
through community organizing in poor neighborhoods of the inner
Critics call her a throwback to the blustering,
confrontational union bosses of the past. School district and
union officials have said she was spoiling for a bare-knuckled
fight in a town with a long history of union activism.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago teachers stayed away from public schools for a third day on Wednesday in a strike over Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s demand for tough teacher evaluations that U.S. education reform advocates see as crucial to fixing urban schools.
With more than 350,000 children from kindergarten to high school out of school, the patience of parents and labor negotiators began to fray as hopes of a quick resolution to the biggest U.S. labor strike in a year were dashed.
CHICAGO, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Parents and thousands of
Chicago children faced a second day of closed public schools on
Tuesday as striking teachers and the nation’s third-largest
school district argued over education reforms sought by Mayor
“It’s hard work,” David Vitale, president of the Chicago
Board of Education and lead negotiator for the city said of
talks with the teachers union. “It’s taking them … more time
than we think it should.”