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Chicago teachers await vote that could end strike

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of delegates to the Chicago teachers union gathered Tuesday to debate a proposed contract, the first step before casting a critical vote that could end the city's first teachers strike in 25 years. Two days after refusing to end the strike because they hadn't seen all the contract details, the 700-plus delegates met at a South Side union hall to go over the settlement offer point by point.

Chicago teachers to consider offer, ending strike

CHICAGO (AP) — Teachers in the nation's third-largest city will pore over the details of a contract settlement Tuesday as the clock ticks down to an afternoon meeting in which they are expected to vote on ending a seven-day strike that has kept 350,000 students out of class. Some union delegates planned to take a straw poll of rank-and-file teachers to measure support for a settlement that includes pay raises and concessions from the city on the contentious issues of teacher evaluations and job security. But many warned the outcome remained uncertain two days after delegates refused to call off the walkout, saying they didn't trust city and school officials and wanted more details.

Chicago mayor: Court must end teachers’ strike

CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel's appeal to the courts to end a six-day Chicago teachers strike set off a new round of recriminations Monday but did not appear to be leading to a quick resolution of the walkout that has left parents hunting for options for 350,000 students. City attorneys asked a Cook County Circuit Court judge for an injunction Monday morning that would force teachers back into the classroom and end an acrimonious standoff with the nation's third-largest school district. The suit claims that the strike violates state law because it threatens the safety of children and is based on issues other than pay and benefits.

Chicago teachers strike enters 2nd week

CHICAGO (AP) — 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 and has left parents scrambling to make alternative child care arrangements for at least two more days. The union and school leaders seemed headed toward a resolution at the end of last week, saying they were optimistic students in the nation's third-largest school district would be back in class by Monday. But teachers uncomfortable with a tentative contract offer decided Sunday to remain on strike, saying they needed more time to review a complicated proposal.

Weighing offer, Chicago teachers remain on strike

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers uncomfortable with a tentative contract offer decided Sunday to remain on strike, insisting they need more time before deciding whether to end an acrimonious standoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel that will keep 350,000 students out of class for at least two more days. Emanuel fired back Sunday night by instructing city attorneys to seek a court order forcing Chicago Teachers Union members back into the classroom. "This was a strike of choice and is now a delay of choice that is wrong for our children," he said in a statement.

Chicago teachers union to continue strike

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago teachers union decided Sunday to continue its weeklong strike, extending 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. Emanuel said he would seek a court order to end the strike, which he said is illegal under state law.

Will it end? Chicago teachers to vote on strike

CHICAGO (AP) — Teachers in the nation's third-largest school district met late Sunday for a crucial vote that could end their weeklong strike, as parents and city officials alike waited for the news that could return 350,000 students to classrooms as soon as Monday morning. The union's 800-member House of Delegates met at a union hall on the city's South Side to debate a contract proposal that gives teachers annual raises over three years and offered some laid-off teachers the first shot at jobs at other schools. A vote on whether to suspend the strike was expected later Sunday evening.

Thousands of striking teachers rally in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of striking Chicago public school teachers and their allies packed a city park Saturday in a boisterous show of force as union leaders and the district tried to work out the details of an agreement that could end a week-long walkout. Pushing strollers, toting signs and towing wagons of children, thousands of red-shirted teachers cheered and chanted as speaker after speaker urged them to stand firm until they have a deal in writing. They told the teachers that their strike was a symbol of hope for public teachers and other unions that have been losing ground around the nation.

Talks resume to end Chicago teachers strike

CHICAGO (AP) — Union leaders representing thousands of striking Chicago public school teachers returned to the negotiating table Saturday with the school district to work out the details of a deal to end a week-long walkout in one of the nation's largest districts. Both sides have said they've arrived at an outline to resolve their months-long contract dispute, which came down to two main sticking points: a new teacher evaluation system and union demands that laid-off teachers get preference for new jobs. The dispute in Chicago is being closely watched around the nation because of its implications for other labor disputes at a time when unions have been losing ground.

End to Chicago teachers strike is not assured

CHICAGO (AP) — Negotiators seeking an end to Chicago's teachers strike sound more hopeful than they have in weeks, announcing they have achieved a "framework" that could bring students back to the classroom by Monday. But the leader of the teachers union cautions against assuming the nearly weeklong walkout is over until her members have seen the final offer in writing in a meeting scheduled for Sunday.

Negotiators have ‘framework’ to end Chicago strike

CHICAGO (AP) — The city's nearly weeklong teachers strike appeared headed toward a resolution Friday after negotiators emerged from marathon talks to say they had achieved a "framework" that could end the walkout in time for students to return to class Monday. Both sides were careful not to describe the deal as a final agreement and declined to release the terms. They expected to spend the weekend working out details before union delegates are asked to vote Sunday on whether to call off the strike.

More progress reported in Chicago strike talks

CHICAGO (AP) — More than 350,000 public school students spent a fifth day out of class Friday as bargaining to end the city's teachers strike dragged on ahead of a meeting of union delegates whose approval is required to seal any deal. Rank-and-file teachers returned to the streets for morning rallies to press the union's demands, which include a plan for laid-off instructors to get first dibs on job openings and for a teacher-evaluation system that does not rely heavily on student test scores.

Teachers strike carries risks for young athletes

CHICAGO (AP) — Deandre Welch understands how a teachers strike might cause him to miss a few high school football practices and even a scheduled game. But the senior wide receiver certainly didn't think the walkout would threaten his plans to pay for college. "Football is basically my way to get into college," Welch said. "I'm applying to schools, and some are asking for film of my senior games. If the strike continues, I won't be able to send in that film."

Strike talks in Chicago move toward end game

CHICAGO (AP) — More than 350,000 students remain out of their classrooms as bargaining to end Chicago's teachers strike dragged into Friday ahead of an afternoon union gathering where a vote could stamp approval on any deal. Rank-and-file teachers prepared to return to the streets for morning rallies to press the union's demands that laid-off instructors be given first shot at job openings and for implementation of a teacher evaluation system that does not rely heavily on student test results.

Talks to end Chicago teachers strike make progress

CHICAGO (AP) — The city's public schools will stay closed for at least one more day, but leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union and the school district kept talking Thursday, with both sides saying they were drawing closer to a deal to end the nearly weeklong strike. "We are optimistic, but we are still hammering things out," said Karen Lewis, the union president.

Teachers strike carries risks for young athletes

CHICAGO (AP) — Deandre Welch understands how a teachers strike might cause him to miss a few high school football practices and even a scheduled game. But the senior wide receiver certainly didn't think the walkout would threaten his plans to pay for college. "Football is basically my way to get into college," Welch said. "I'm applying to schools, and some are asking for film of my senior games. If the strike continues, I won't be able to send in that film."

Chicago schools to be closed at least 1 more day

CHICAGO (AP) — The city's public schools will stay closed for at least one more day, but leaders of the teachers union and the school district kept talking Thursday, with both sides saying they hoped to complete a deal soon to end the nearly weeklong strike. "We are optimistic, but we are still hammering things out," said Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union.

Talks to end Chicago teacher strike make progress

CHICAGO (AP) — Negotiations between union and school officials in the nation's third-largest school district resumed Thursday with an air of optimism and signals that a teachers' strike could end soon. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said students could be back in class by Monday, a week after teachers walked out. Lewis initially suggested classes could resume as early as Friday, then said approval of a final proposal would require a union delegates' meeting, which could take more time.

Teacher evaluations at center of Chicago strike

CHICAGO (AP) — Educators in Los Angeles just signed a new deal with the city's school district. So, too, did teachers in Boston. Both require performance evaluations based in part on how well students succeed, a system that's making its debut in Cleveland. So what's the problem in Chicago, where 25,000 teachers in the nation's third-largest district have responded to an impatient mayor's demand that teacher evaluations be tied to student performance by walking off the job for the first time in 25 years?

Chicago teachers union president is brash advocate

CHICAGO (AP) — She's brash and blunt, the tough-talking union leader who has taken on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a bitter contract dispute regarded as a referendum on the future of the nation's third-largest school district. Karen Lewis is especially known for her tart tongue and flip one-liners, like telling a crowd of supporters this week that the high-stakes contract talks are "the silly part" of her day.