No Deal: Chicago Teachers Union To Continue Strike

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Chicago teachers union has decided to continue its weeklong strike, setting aside their school supplies.
The decision extends an acrimonious standoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over teacher evaluations and job security provisions central to the debate over the future of public education across the United States.
Union delegates declined to formally vote on a proposed contract settlement worked out over the weekend with officials from the nation's third largest school district. Schools will remain closed Monday.
Union president Karen Lewis says teachers want the opportunity to continue to discuss the offer that's on the table.
Lewis says "Our members are not happy," adding, "They want to know if there is anything more they can get."
According to Lewis, the teachers "feel rushed."
Lewis says the union's delegates will meet again Tuesday, and the soonest classes for 350,000 students are likely to resume is Wednesday.
The walkout is the first in Chicago in 25 years


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  • by Kelly Location: Jackson on Sep 17, 2012 at 09:09 AM
    In this economy, there are tens of thousands of unemployed young college graduates, many with teaching certifications. Fire those greedy slackers, and replace them with young professionals who want to be there, and who want to make a difference in the lives of those children.
  • by Bill Location: Jackson, MI on Sep 17, 2012 at 03:46 AM
    Three days and if the teachers didn't go back to work band them for life from ever teaching again. What these unions are doing was planned months ago to blackmail the city of Chicago.
  • by Paul Location: Lansing on Sep 16, 2012 at 09:13 PM
    Forget them fire the whole ot of them and le them find work somewhere else. The highest paid in the country and with all they get want more. I would love to have half of what they have as a school teacher of 14 years for the Lansing school district. This is why the states are standing up to the unions because of greed. Then when we truly need the unions help we dont have the suport from the residents to back us when they see this kind of greed.
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