Chicago Mayor: Court Must End Teachers' Strike

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Monday, September 17, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked a state court to force Chicago school teachers back to work, ending a week-long strike he calls illegal.

City attorneys asked the circuit court Monday to force Chicago Teachers Union members off the picket line and back into classrooms.

In a statement Sunday, Emanuel said the strike is illegal because it endangers students' health and safety. Also it concerns issues such as evaluations, layoffs and recall rights that state law says cannot be grounds for a work stoppage.

The union and school leaders had seemed optimistic late last week that they would reach a resolution allowing children back into class by Monday. But teachers uncomfortable with a tentative contract offer said Sunday they needed more time to review a complicated proposal.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is turning to the courts to try to put an end to a teachers strike that's entering its second week.

The Chicago Teachers Union and school leaders seemed headed toward a resolution at the end of last week. But on Sunday, the teachers said they were uncomfortable with the tentative contract offer. They say they need more time to go over it before ending the standoff that's kept 350,000 students in the nation's third-largest school district out of class.

Emanuel says he's instructed city attorneys to seek a court order forcing teachers back into the classroom.

The strike is expected to last at least through Tuesday. It's left parents scrambling to make alternative child care arrangements.

Two main issues are teacher evaluations and job security.


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