Chicago teachers avoid strike, head back to classroom

Retired Chicago school teacher Patricia Lofton counts through a stack of picket sign for Chicago Teachers Union members to pick up Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, in Chicago. Negotiators for the union and Chicago Public Schools continue to meet in an effort to reach a contract and avert a threatened teachers' strike. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Retired Chicago school teacher Patricia Lofton counts through a stack of picket sign for Chicago Teachers Union members to pick up Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, in Chicago. Negotiators for the union and Chicago Public Schools continue to meet in an effort to reach a contract and avert a threatened teachers' strike. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) — Students and teachers in Chicago are heading back to the classroom after the Chicago Teachers Union and the nation’s third-largest school district averted a strike with a late-night tentative contract agreement.

The union had been prepared to hit the picket lines Tuesday morning for what would have been the second major Chicago Public Schools strike since 2012.

But just before a midnight deadline, the union and CPS said Monday it had reached a deal. It still must be approved by the union’s House of Delegates and its full membership, a process that could take weeks.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and union President Karen Lewis both said they were relieved that the district’s nearly 400,000 students will be in class Tuesday.

The four-year proposal includes cost-of-living increases in the third and fourth year.

 

 

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