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Last updated at 13:42 BST, Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Chicago teacher's strike

Summary

18 September 2012

Three hundred and fifty thousand school children in Chicago face a second week off school after a teachers union voted to extend a week-long strike by at least two more days. Chicago's Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, has said he will seek a court injunction to declare the strike illegal.

Reporter:

Jane Little

Teacher's strike in Chicago, ap

Rahm Emanuel vowed to end what he called an illegal strike.

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The decision by union leaders to extend their consultation period over a deal reached with the city at the weekend, has escalated a political battle with Chicago's mayor. Rahm Emanuel vowed to end what he called an illegal strike.

It's the first of its kind in twenty five years, and is awkward for President Obama, who has close ties to the mayor and whose political career was forged in Chicago. In a tough election battle, he needs the support of the teachers unions, the Democrats have long counted on. But the president has pushed for the very reforms at issue here, including teacher evaluations the union says could lead to thousands being unfairly sacked.

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Vocabulary

to extend

to continue for a period of time

consultation period

time for discussion and talks

escalated

made more intense or serious

vowed

promised

illegal

unlawful or forbidden by law

awkward

difficult

forged

made or shaped

counted on

relied on

at issue

being disputed

sacked

dismissed from employment