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updated: 9/21/2012 4:19 PM

Teachers to vote Oct. 2 on their new contract

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The Chicago Teachers Union says its members will vote Oct. 2 on a tentative contract with the school district that was reached after a seven-day strike.

Union financial secretary Kristine Mayle said Thursday that packets of information, including the new contract and ballots, should arrive in schools Sept. 28.

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Mayle says union rules require that a contract be approved within 10 days of the suspension of a strike. She says that means all union members must vote sometime on Oct. 2.

Mayle says it may take up to two days to tally all votes. A simple majority of those who vote is required for approval.

The walkout was the first in Chicago in 25 years in the nation's third-largest school district, and idled more than 350,000 students.

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