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America the beautiful never was and isn't now. It's been third- worldized. Police state laws target non-believers. Ordinary people have no rights.

Emanuel's spokeswoman, Sarah Hamilton, said city attorneys asked Cook County Circuit Court Judge Peter Flynn to order strike action end. They want a moral and legal right denied.

Arguments on both sides will be heard Wednesday, or will they? Union bosses are bullying teachers to back off and resume working. A Tuesday vote is scheduled. Will they hang tough or surrender? It's hard to say.

Emanuel's injunction makes fraudulent claims. He said a lawful strike is illegal. He outrageously called it a "clear and present danger to public health and safety." It "prohibits students from receiving critical educational and social services."

He'll say anything no matter how untrue. Right-wing courts generally concur. Teachers, parents and kids are assaulted by city officials, corrupt union bosses, and media scoundrels supporting wealth and power over popular interests.

City attorney Stephen Patton said if strike action isn't ended late Tuesday or early Wednesday, we'll "go to Plan B and be heard on what we think are strong legal grounds to enjoin the strike and at least get kids back in school on Thursday morning, we hope."

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The Chicago Sun Times asked "What's next in teachers strike?" It gave answers in Q & A format. In the next 24 hours, strike action could end or continue.

Union bosses accepted a deal they should have rejected. House of Delegates members lacked complete information. They balked for good reason. On Tuesday afternoon, they'll meet again. At that time, they'll vote a second time on whether to end strike action or continue it.

If they still say no deal, Judge Flynn gets his say. On November 6, he's seeking retention. Labor law Professor Martin Malin said teachers never were enjoined under the statute Emanuel invoked. 

City labor law attorney L. Steven Platt said:

"You tell me what chancery judge is going to issue an injunction against the teachers union. Believe me, the unions have long memories. Every union is going to remember this judge"come election time."

Some experts believe Flynn may try settling matters in chambers without taking sides. If teachers resume working, it's a mute point. If not, city attorneys will have to prove this issue belongs in court, not the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board.

Strike action is over unfair labor practices. Union officials complained to the labor board. It claimed it alone is authorized to stop strike action. On Tuesday, it's preliminary ruling is expected.

According to Malin, the union has a strong case. The labor board should have first say on whether court action is warranted. In 2011, the union disputed the district's right to offer individual school incentives. 

At issue was early implementation of extending the school year. The district didn't dispute the labor board's jurisdiction. Why do it now when not then?

If House of Delegates members vote to keep striking and Flynn rules agains them, they have two choices. They can defy him and stay out or appeal, end picketing, and resume classes.

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