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Chicago Teachers Union
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By refusing to administer a district-mandated test to their students, teachers at a Seattle high school have sparked an "anti-testing movement" that is picking up steam by the day.
In the wake of the strike by the Chicago Teachers Union, many people wonder what the union is complaining about.
As they awaited a vote that could end Chicago's first teachers strike in 25 years, teachers were balancing their desire to get back to class with lingering doubts and questions about a proposed contract that could mean major changes to their pay and job security.
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.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked a state court Monday to force Chicago schoolteachers back to work and end a weeklong strike he calls illegal.
Chicago teachers uncomfortable with a tentative contract offer decided Sunday to remain on strike, insisting they first wanted to consult with their full membership 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.
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.
Rose Davis wasn't about to let her two young grandchildren walk alone through one of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods, even though they were going to a school kept open for students who needed a safe haven while teachers walked the picket line.
Thousands of Chicago public-school teachers have taken to the streets in their first strike in 25 years. Usually Republicans are the ones being denounced by Big Labor for having the temerity to insist on fiscal responsibility in public-sector union deals.