Teachers are entering their second week of a strike in Chicago. (Photo Creative Commons/Flickr firedoglakedotcom)
By The Associated Press
CHICAGO -- A labor law expert says Chicago will have a tough time convincing a judge to order striking teachers back to work.
City attorneys asked a state court Monday to force Chicago Teachers Union members back into classrooms as the strike headed into its second week. Martin Malin is a professor at Chicago's Kent College of Law. He's also the director of the school's Institute for Law and the Workplace.
The city contends the strike is illegal partly because it endangers students' health and safety. But Malin says no state has ever successfully convinced a judge to grant an injunction during a teachers' strike on those grounds.
He's also doubtful about the city's argument that the strike is illegal because it violates Illinois law restricting strike issues to economic matters.
The city of Chicago's law office says it doesn't expect a judge to rule Monday on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's request for an order forcing striking school teachers back to work. Law department spokesman Roderick Drew says a judge won't address the matter until later this week. He says it still isn't clear if it could be Tuesday, Wednesday or even later.