The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike enters its sixth day today. Negotiators are reportedly nearing a resolution, but the CTU wants to give its members ample time to weigh in on any proposed agreement.
Late yesterday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel moved to request a temporary restraining order that would force teachers to go back to work. Emanuel’s argument is that state law does not allow teachers to strike over non-compensation issues (click here to find out some of the reasons the strike is happening).
A few minutes ago, Cook County Circuit Court Peter Flynn denied this request. He said through a spokesman that he may consider instead holding the hearing on Wednesday, when many observers believe the strike may actually end.
“CPS’ spur-of-the-moment decision to seek injunctive relief some six days later appears to be a vindictive act instigated by the mayor,” said the CTU in a statement. “This attempt to thwart our democratic process is consistent with Mayor (Rahm) Emanuel’s bullying behavior toward public school educators.”