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Union delegate on tentative agreement: We're making sure this one is iron-clad

The Chicago teachers strike reaches another day after a tentative deal was struck down by the Teachers Union on Sunday. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel decided Monday to take court action in an attempt to get teachers back to work. CNN reported Monday that a judge declined to order Chicago public school teachers back into their classrooms.

Why did the union not take the deal?

OutFront tonight: Union Delegate, Jay Rehak.

Tentative deal reached in 5-day Chicago teachers strike

The Chicago Teachers Union and the city's school board reached a tentative agreement Friday in their dispute over new contract terms that has closed public schools for 350,000 students.

Despite the possible deal, union president Karen Lewis cautioned that the strike, in its fifth day Friday, is not yet over.

Union officials will meet between now and Sunday to draft specific language on a "framework for an agreement." They will present the document to a special committee of union representatives, at which time a majority vote will be taken on whether to suspend the strike.

"Our delegates were not interested in blindly signing off on something they have not seen," Lewis said.

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