Judge Holds Off on Legal Action to End Chicago Teacher Strike
A Cook County judge declined to immediately hear arguments Monday in a request by Chicago school officials to force teachers to end their walkout, according to a city law department spokesman.
Instead, a hearing on the matter could come Tuesday or Wednesday, law department spokesman Roderick Drew said.
Calling the dispute illegal and dangerous, Chicago school officials filed the complaint Monday, asking a judge to end the teacher strike now in its sixth school day.
Union officials in turn accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel of using the courts to bully schoolteachers into accepting a tentative deal.
Meanwhile, parents and city officials scrambled to keep about 350,000 schoolchildren busy and out of trouble as the strike stretched into its second week.
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The complaint filed Monday seeks to compel teachers to return to work immediately. Representatives for the Chicago Teachers Union decided Sunday to continue their walkout, despite a tentative contract deal between union leaders and school officials.