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Nation IN BRIEF : ILLINOIS : Chicago Teacher Strike Is Averted

November 18, 1991|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Delegates from the city teachers union in Chicago overwhelmingly approved a tentative contract agreement, averting a midnight strike that would have idled 409,000 students in the nation's third-largest school district. The pact calls for a 3% pay raise in February followed by a 7% raise in 1993. The raises would cost the district $118 million next year. The school board previously projected a $178 million loss in the next school year. The agreement came after an around-the-clock negotiating session mediated by Mayor Richard M. Daley. During previous talks, the teachers' contract had been extended several times.

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