Talks were scheduled to resume this afternoon in an effort to end a five-day-old teachers strike that has kept 182,000 Detroit children from starting school, and school officials warned they might decide to seek legal relief if the walkout continued beyond next week.
The strike, illegal under Michigan state law, started Monday after the 11,600-member Detroit Federation of Teachers overwhelmingly voted to reject a 10-day extension of their previous two-year contract so the two sides could iron out their differences.
Detroit school district leaders decided against laying off teachers or taking them to court, a move feared by union officials.
"Those remedies certainly exist, but there are no plans at this time," Detroit school district spokesman Stan Childress said. "Now, should this go into next week, that could change. But as of the moment, there are no plans to lay anyone off or to seek injunctive relief."