The Chicago Teachers Union’s House of Delegates – nearly 800 members – voted to end the strike during a meeting at Operating Engineers Hall, on the city’s south side. After the vote, the delegates came out of the hall singing “Solidarity Forever,” the Chicago Tribune reported.
The voice vote – 98 percent in favor – comes after delegates had a chance to review a contract proposal solidified over the weekend and means roughly 350,000 Chicago Public Schools students will be back in class after seven days off.
The action, however, does not mean an automatic approval of that contract. Ratification of the contract requires a separate vote from the union’s rank and file.