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Judge Declines to Hear Rahm's "Vindictive" Restraining Order Against Striking Teachers

 
 
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Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago School Board attempted to halt the teacher's strike via a restraining order, but the judge on the case refused to hear their argument today, saying a hearing date may be set for Wednesday. The Chicago Tribune reports that Judge Peter Flynn wondered if the case would resolve itself before he needed to rule on the restraining order. Meanwhile,

 

The CTU released a statement calling the CPS complaint groundless and "vindictive."

"CPS' spur-of-the-moment decision to seek injunctive relief some six days later appears to be a vindictive act instigated by the mayor," the union said in a statement. "This attempt to thwart our democratic process is consistent with Mayor (Rahm) Emanuel’s bullying behavior toward public school educators."

The union asked why the mayor did not file the complaint earlier, or at least filed a claim with the state labor board. "CPS has never filed any claim with the labor board that our strike is illegal," according to the statement.

The CTU's House of delegates decided to keep the strike going at least through Tuesday after union chief Karen Lewis met with delegates Sunday to discuss a tentative contract brokered after months of negotiation. Delegates said they wanted more time to consider the deal.

Meanwhile, Emanuel planned to seek a court injunction and called the walkout "illegal" based on the School Board's argument that striking for any reason other than pay was prohibited via state law. Read the full piece here.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at September 17, 2012, 11:04am