Emanuel Seeks Court Order to End Chicago Teachers Strike

By Newsroom America Staff at 17 Sep 2012

(Newsroom America) -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is heading to court seeking an injunction to end the teacher's strike that is enterning its second week, reports said Monday.

There had been a tentative deal reached between the teacher's union and Chicago Public Schools, but classes were not convening Monday and likely would not begin until Wednesday. Emanuel is seeking a court order that force teachers back to work sooner.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said late Sunday afternoon that the union's House of Delegates wanted to take the agreement to the teachers themselves before voting to end the strike.

But the delegates weren't planning to meet again until Tuesday, and since they must vote to suspend or continue the strike, classes would not begin before Wednesday at the soonest, pushing the strike to the 6th and 7th school day.

"They very well could come back and say ‘Go back to the table, we’re staying out.’ They could say that. But they need the opportunity to have the time to make those decisions," said Lewis, according to local reports.

In a written statement, Emanuel's office said the mayor has ordered the city's Corporation Council to work with the Chicago Public Schools general counsel to file an injuction immediately ending the strike.

"There is no reason why our kids cannot be in school while the union reviews the agreement," said David Vitale, school board president, during a Sunday evening news conference.

"As we said, this is a strike of choice. It has now become a delay of choice," he added.

The union and CPS negotiators reached a tentative deal on Friday, then spent Saturday and Sunday working out the specific language, said reports.

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