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article imageChicago teachers strike not likely to end before Thursday

By Larry Clifton     Sep 17, 2012 in Politics
Chicago - Chicago parents hoping the courts would order teachers back to their classrooms in Chicago may have to wait days for a ruling, according city attorney’s spokesman Roderick Drew.
According to Drew, the judge has not even scheduled arguments on the case as of Monday. Drew told Fox News “he didn't expect a ruling until later in the week.”
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former top Obama adviser, didn’t ask the courts to intervene for days as negotiations between teachers union and the school district failed, and 29,000 Chicago-area teachers walked out on strike, according to a Fox News report.
Emanuel spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton said the city requested the Cook County Circuit Court to force Chicago Teachers and other school union members come off the picket lines and back into classrooms for the sake of students.
Drew gave no explanation for the delay, but Cook County Judge Peter Flynn later said that Chicago Public Schools might wish to confer with union members since the union had not sent their attorney to the courtroom.
Language in the city’s 700-page request argues the strike is illegal because state law bars the union from striking except on “economic issues.” The city says the strike is based on evaluations, layoffs and recall rights.
"At a critical time in their lives, a vulnerable population has been cast adrift by the CTU's decision to close down the schools, with consequent grave implications for the residents of the city of Chicago," the court document says.
For her part, the Chicago teachers union signaled that talks were in disarray on Sunday.
"There's no trust for our members of the board," Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis told reporters Sunday night. "They're not happy with the agreement. They'd like it to actually be a lot better."
The union responded with allegations of bullying by Emanuel and other city leaders for deciding to take legal action to end their strike.
Monday, the CTU released a statement calling the filing "a vindictive act."
"This attempt to thwart our democratic process is consistent with Mayor Emanuel's bullying behavior toward public school educators," the union said in the statement.
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