Chicago union extends strike as Rahm Emanuel seeks injunction

Liz Goodwin
The Lookout

The Chicago Teachers Union decided to extend its first strike in 25 years into a second week after union leadership decided it needed more time to pore over a tentative deal the city offered late last week.

Jackson Potter, a union organizer, told Yahoo News that the union's delegates asked on Sunday for more time to review the contract. The delegates also had not seen the entire written contract, only portions of it. The city offered the union membership a 16 percent raise over four years, but new teacher evaluations and the process for how laid-off teachers are rehired still trouble the union.

"They also were very concerned with job security and the massive school closings that are proposed for December," Potter added.

Meanwhile, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he will take the union to court to try to stop the strike, which has kept 350,000 kids out of class for six days now. "This was a strike of choice and is now a delay of choice that is wrong for our children," Emanuel said in a statement.