September 18th, 2012
06:21 PM ET

Chicago teachers vote to suspend strike

[Updated at 6:43 p.m. ET] Delegates for striking Chicago Public Schools teachers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to suspend their nine-day strike, meaning classes will resume Wednesday, according to delegates who attended a union meeting.

About 800 delegates from the teachers union gathered at midafternoon to vote on whether to suspend the walkout, which began September 10.

The vote came a day after school officials asked a judge to declare the strike illegal and order the teachers back to work. A Cook County judge had scheduled a hearing on that request Wednesday.

Any contract agreement with the school system would need to be ratified by the more than 29,000 members of the union. The strike has kept about 350,000 students out of class for seven school days.

Teachers walked off the job September 10, objecting to a longer school day, evaluations tied to student performance and job losses from school closings.

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  1. drexjames09

    Reblogged this on Education at UCF 2012.

    September 18, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mark

    they are putting the kids first, if you dont understand let me explain, if the current evaluation system holds and teachers are subject to evaluations by test scores what do you honestly think is going to happen?? teachers will do nothing but teach to the test beacause they know thats all that admin will look at, in turn who suffers in that case, the kids because then the kids learn to do nothing other than take tests. Secondly, who is going to want to teach in these schools that underperform if they know that they are going to get fired if the test scores are not good. PS unions get outspent by big business 15 to 1 on political contributions, so who is the real bully here, too many misinformed people out there, please inform yourselves because making rash decisions and blaming teachers and unions isnt the answer.

    September 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr_Lebowski

      You sound like a union shill. Drank the kool-aid did ya???

      September 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I know some teachers, and that is precisely what is happening...they only teach what is on the test.
      In Indiana, it's even worse.
      With all due respect, Mr_Lebowski, that *is* what's happening...

      Glad they suspended the strike.
      Back to work!

      September 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • pointless1

      Because you don't have a clue about what a teacher does daily, which isn't just teach, someone tries to educated you and you call them a union shill? Typical response from the one who needed more education.

      September 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    The union did that as a favor to Rahm Emmanuel who in turn did it as a favor to Obama in order to keep the teachers from showing up in the unemployment statistics.and making Obama look bad.

    September 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      Striking employees can't collect unemployment benefits.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ~~~

      i thought it would go a lot longer. i'm shocked that it ended so soon, but we can't compete with foreign countries now...messing these kids educational track up that early is really bad. be it by violence, trauma, or teacher strikes. kids see too much and it messes up their educational track too much. its not like the educational system in this country is organized/aligned well enough for students to do well here anyway.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The last one in Chicago, in 1987, lasted 19 school days, I believe, so yeah, this is fairly quick.

      September 18, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Andrew Reese

    I was hoping they would stay out all year. The children would gain about the same knowledge with them on strike as they would with the teachers in the classroom. If I lived in Chicago, I would be moving my child to private school asap. I do not want union slobs interacting with or instructing my child on anything, including and especially life. Losers

    September 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      i feel so sad for your children that you live such a shelterd life and you have no clue what is seriously going on, your poor children

      September 18, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mr_Lebowski

    Oh what a bunch of heros! Thanks ever so much for suspending your heroic strike.

    September 18, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Martin

    I'm surprised that Mitt Romney hasn't condemned the teachers for their socialist practice of returning to work now their grievances have been resolved through negotiation.

    September 18, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken Meyer

      They're SUSPENDING their strike; not terminating it. The fact is, they haven't determined that "their grievances have been resolved through negotiation" at all; no contract has been signed.

      With that in mind, perhaps consideration ought to be made to keep the "teachers" lock-out until such time as (1) they do agree to a responsible contract, or (2) the school board has enough replacements lined-up to keep those that struck on the street permanently.

      Anyway, perhaps Romney isn't prepared to condemn "the teachers" (and I feel I'm being charitable using that term).... but I am.

      September 18, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Totally

      30,000 teachers, Ken? Yeah, right, good luck with that. Notta teacher are you? Shhhhhh, then.

      September 18, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TheTraveler

    Interesting. The vote to back to work the same day it would have been heard in court. Seems to me that if the strikers had legitimate complaints, they would have wanted them heard in court. Guess not ... and the contract negotiation still isn't ratified. Seems like leaving the barn door open for the cows ...

    September 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mr_Lebowski

    No one can address race as one of the real issues here. Until we can bring race into the issue without someone suing this problem never gets resolved. The fact is if you take a certain race out of the equation the numbers will look much, much different. Lets all guess what that certain race is......

    September 18, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yo, Lebowski

      It's not the race, racist man, it's the bangers, which are of all races and ethnicities.

      September 18, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tough Day

    So my little Cons since you people blamed Obama for this he gets the credit for the quick resolution then right? It must be painful to be a Republican today, watching your candidate implode and coming to term with 4 more years of Obama. I'm lovin it!

    September 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Greater Good

    Good work on both sides to end this impasse. The issues are far greater than money.
    I've taught in schools in poor districts with leaky roofs and A/C that doesn't work day after day in 100 degree weather. When you want those things fixed, particularly for undernourished or sickly children jampacked in a room of 35-40, it IS about the students. People like Lebowski above are the ones who need to be better educated.

    September 18, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Great post.
      Thank you.

      September 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David

    Schools are drowning in money, especially in California. It's time to account for all the fortune that is being hidden while they lay off teachers as pawns. It's got to stop.

    September 18, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Romney might of said this about the teachers. Romney might of said that about the teacher. I'm suprised Romney didn't say anything about the teachers.
    Did you not stop to think, ROMNEY IS NOT THE PRESIDENT. The person you should be seeking comments from, is allowed to be a spendthrift on what ever he wants, whenever he wants. So why aren't you seeking his opinion and authority.

    September 18, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. c

    It is very dishearting to see these teachers holding out this long and just shows they are only worried about themselves. There are many teachers across this country that would love to get the benefits and pay that these folks are receiving. Then you look at the overall performance of the students and wonder who in their right mind would pay these teachers this kind of money. Goes to show how the Union has destroyed another sector of the American economy.

    September 18, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Just WHO are you directing that comment of yours to? Who?

    September 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yo, Jeffy

      He talking to the board, my man.

      September 18, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    These teachers have a perefect right to worry as you call it, about themselves.

    September 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
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