Education reform would affect teachers' right to strike

June 14, 2011

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New education reform legislation may make it more difficult for teachers to strike.

New education reform legislation signed Monday by Governor Pat Quinn has some advocates calling Illinois a leader in education.

The new law makes a number of changes. The school year or day may get longer. In addition, teachers can now be laid off because of poor performance, regardless of seniority. And it will be harder for teachers to strike, especially in Chicago.

To find out how significantly the new law changes how teachers negotiate with school districts, Eight Forty-Eight spoke to Bob Bruno, a Labor and Employment Relations Professor at the University of Illinois.

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Correction: The above audio from the 9 a.m. broadcast misstates the requirements needed to authorize a strike in Chicago. According to the Chicago Teachers Union, approval from 75 percent of eligible voters is required to authorize a strike in Chicago.