Teachers End Chicago Strike
Chicago teachers did more yesterday than end the city’s first school strike in 25 years. Union delegates quelled an outbreak of labor unrest in President Barack Obama’s hometown with seven weeks to go before the presidential election.
Delegates, who soundly refused to suspend their walkout two days earlier, voted overwhelmingly to reverse themselves yesterday, sending 350,000 students back to class.
“It was really the best we were going to get,’’ said John Collins, a delegate who teaches physical education at Brunson Elementary School. “If we would have stayed out, I don’t think there was anything left we would have gained.’’