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Chicago mayor offers olive branch to union leader

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to build a more amenable relationship with Karen Lewis, leader of the Chicago Teachers union

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to build a more amenable relationship with Karen Lewis, leader of the Chicago Teachers union

 

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Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis speaks at a packed meeting of the Chicago Board of Education on May 22 to protest school closings.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis speaks at a packed meeting of the Chicago Board of Education on May 22 to protest school closings.

 

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By Associated Press

A year after 26,000 members of the Chicago Teachers Union walked off the job, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and union President Karen Lewis are expressing a willingness to improve their relationship.

The strike, idling 350,000 students, was marked Tuesday with Emanuel saying he is trying to build a more amenable relationship with Lewis. He says Lewis was recently ill, and he sent her a message wishing her well and suggesting they talk soon.

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Although Lewis didn't reveal her illness, she told the Chicago Sun-Times she is feeling better, and called the mayor's get-well note an olive branch. She said she is looking forward to a profanity-free conversation with Emanuel about his education policies.

Emanuel reportedly made liberal use of profanity in his first meetings with Lewis, an act he's never denied.

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