Chicago Teachers Union Continues Strike
The Chicago teachers union will continue its week-old strike in the nation's third-largest city, keeping thousands of students out of class.
The union's House of Delegates declined to vote on whether to end the strike Sunday after hearing details of a tentative contract agreement.
Teachers will keep picketing Monday, one week after teachers walked out.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and union representatives were pushing for a quick resolution as parents found alternatives for about 350,000 students. A proposed settlement was reached this weekend on sticking points that included teacher evaluations and job security.
The settlement needs to be approved by the union's full 25,000 members within two weeks of the delegates suspending a strike.
The delegates' mood was serious, and many declined to speak with reporters. A union representative told reporters waiting outside of the closed-door meeting that it will be "a long process."
Many teachers headed into the vote still unhappy with the wording of some contract provisions contained in a rough outline released late Saturday by the Chicago Teachers Union, said second grade teacher Julie McDevitt. The contract outline calls for annual raises, but it doesn't restore a 4 percent raise that was rescinded last year. Teachers had also expressed concern about easing overcrowding, scarce office supplies and an evaluation procedure they said was too heavily based on student test scores.
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