Chicago Teachers Union members celebrate the end of their strike in Chicago, September 18, 2012. REUTERS/John Gress
Greg McCune, Reuters
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Public school teachers in Chicago voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year contract, ending a bitter dispute with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over school reforms that prompted the first strike of city teachers in 25 years.
The Chicago Teachers Union said 79.1 percent of its members voted in favor of the deal, which will give teachers an average pay raise of 17.6 percent over four years if the contract is extended an extra year. Ratification required a majority vote in favor.
By ratifying the contract, the teachers also officially ended their strike against the country’s third-largest school district, which was suspended on September 18… Read More