Published On: Mon, Jun 11th, 2012

Chicago Public School Teachers Vote to Authorize Strike

Chicago Public School teachers have voted to authorize a strike, with plans to picket if they need to this fall.

The union confirms that teachers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike with more than 75 percent of teachers voting in favor.

Union officials plan to announce the vote total at a 1 p.m. news conference Monday. Union leaders have also explained that the vote does not necessarily mean that teachers will walk out.

“The vote has well surpassed the 75 percent threshold required by state law, with some school networks voting 100 percent to authorize a strike” teachers union spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin said in a statement, reported by CBS Chicago. “While the union has made no determination on whether a strike will be needed, leaders say the authorization vote has now given them added leverage at the bargaining table.”

This vote has left parents concerned that the school year might not start on time.

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