Published On: Mon, Sep 17th, 2012

Rahm Emanuel moves forward on lawsuit to end Chicago Teachers Strike

After being widely expected to ratify a deal with the Chicago Public Schools on Sunday, the Chicago Teachers Union voted instead to weigh the offer for a few more days. Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded by taking legal action, insisting that the strike was “illegal on two grounds – it is over issues that are deemed by state law to be non-strikable, and it endangers the health and safety of our children.”

Chicago teachers on strike; one sign held by a Spanish teacher warns Mayor Rahm Emanuel September 10, 2012 photo/firedoglakedotcom

The injunction was filed Monday morning at the Richard J. Daley Center. It asks a judge to immediately end the strike.

“I will not stand by while the children of Chicago are played as pawns in an internal dispute within a union,” Emanuel said Sunday in a statement. “This was a strike of choice and now a delay of choice that is wrong for our children.”

Many are questioning the validity of such a lawsuit and wheter the Mayor even has a case. (see below)

Union delegates on Sunday deferred their vote to end the strike and asked for more timeto review a proposed teachers’ contract drafted last week by school officials and the Chicago Teachers Union.

“While the union works through its remaining issues, there is no reason why the children of Chicago should not be back in the classroom as they had been for weeks while negotiators worked through these same issues,” Emanuel’s statement said.

Here’s the language on the “health and safety” of Illinois children:

If, however, in the opinion of an employer the strike is or has become a clear and present danger to the health or safety of the public, the employer may initiate in the circuit court of the county in which such danger exists an action for relief which may include, but is not limited to, injunction. The court may grant appropriate relief upon the finding that such clear and present danger exists. An unfair practice or other evidence of lack of clean handsby the educational employer is a defense to such action.

Striking Chicago teachers; one sign reads: “Classrooms aren’t sweatshops! You can’t pack a room full of students & expect the same final product!” September 10, 2012 photo/firedoglakedotcom


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