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Union says Chicago mayor's court action 'bullying'

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union says Mayor Rahm Emanuel's attempt to use court action to end a strike amounts to more bullying.

The walkout entered its sixth school day on Monday, hours after union officials decided they wanted more time to read through a tentative agreement. They also said they wanted to allow time for people observe Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.

Emanuel asked a state court Monday to force teachers back to work and end a weeklong strike he calls illegal.

But a statement from CTU says Emanuel is trying to "thwart our democratic process" and the move appears "vindictive."

Union members plan to meet Tuesday to decide whether to call off the strike.

It's Chicago's first teachers' strike in 25 years and affects some 350,000 students.

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