Finally, this evening, the standoff between Chicago teachers and city officials is over. The teachers union voted to suspend its strike, which means 350-thousand students will return to school tomorrow.
Earlier today, Union President Karen Lewis said it was "the best deal we could get at this moment in time." The contract includes a pay increase of 3% for the first year, longer school days, and freezing health insurance contribution rates.
The vote to end the strike comes after school officials went to court Monday to ask a judge to declare the strike illegal.
OutFront tonight: Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union.
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.