It took months of meetings, hundreds of hours of negotiations, seven days of a full fledged strike and Tuesday there was a resolution at last.
Chicago Public School students will return to class Wednesday.
The teachers union delegates met for more than two hours behind closed doors Tuesday.
In a 98-2% split, the union reports, the delegates voted to seal the deal and send teachers and in turn students back to class after seven days on the picket line.
Mayor Emanuel told reporters, “This settlement is an honest compromise. It means returning our schools to their primary purpose: the education of our children. It means a new day and a new direction for Chicago Public Schools. seat at the table.”
It has been a long and challenging road for the two opposing parties. Personal attacks and political agendas became distractions as teachers for months begged for a fair contract and lined city streets to send their message. Last week, there was finally some optimism after leaving the negotiating table. But then Sunday, delegates said they wanted more time to digest the intricate details in the contract. Finally, Tuesday, delegates gave the proposal the green light. Roughly 26,000 union members will vote on it in the coming weeks.
“I am so thrilled we are going back,” said union president Karen Lewis.