‘‘It seems that they made gains, which was their goal,’’ she said. ‘‘They did a good job coming to consensus on important issues.’’
The city also won some things from the union in the proposed settlement. Emanuel gets the longer school day in Chicago he wanted and principals will have say over who gets hired at individual schools, something the union fought. The district will be required to give some preference to teachers who are displaced and the school district will have to maintain a hiring list and make sure that at least half of hires are displaced teachers.
‘‘This is the deal we got,’’ union president Karen Lewis said Sunday.
The union and school leaders appeared headed for a resolution at the end of last week, saying they were optimistic that students would be back in class by Monday. But teachers meeting Sunday afternoon said they felt rushed after getting only a few hours to review a summary of the agreement worked out between the city and union leaders, and Lewis admitted for many teachers, the decision to wait until Tuesday to decide came down to a lack of trust in city hall and the school board.
Having had some more time to think it over, some teachers were optimistic the deal on the table was good enough to end the strike when the union meets again Tuesday afternoon.
‘‘We made a lot of progress,’’ said Susanne McCannon, who teaches art at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. ‘‘I'd like to be back in the classroom, but I want to be back in the classroom with the best situation possible.’’
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Associated Press writers Steve LeBlanc in Boston, Terry Chea in San Francisco and Amanda Myers in Cincinnati contributed to this report.