CHICAGO (WKOW) -- Teachers and support staff in Chicago have approved a new three-year contract that includes pay increases and a new evaluation system, according to the Chicago Teachers Union.
Union spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin said late Wednesday the contract was ratified by 79 percent of the union's membership.
Members of the Chicago Teachers Union voted earlier this week and ratified the contract by a vote of 16, 428 to 4,337. Now the contract must be approved by the Chicago Board of Education at the meeting schedule for later this month.
Teachers walked off the job Sept. 10, idling 350,000 students in the nation's third-largest school district for seven days before the union's delegates agreed to suspend the strike -- and return to classes -- pending the outcome of the official vote on a tentative contract.