As we prepare for bargaining with CPS, we want to share where we are on several key items that we know you continue to have questions about, and that we, unfortunately, are still battling CPS over.
Chicago Public Schools dragged its feet on implementing the $25 million in additional pay for the most experienced teachers. Payments first came this summer and members had many questions about the implementation and what it meant for their own paychecks. We’ve answered as many as possible in this post.
We bargained again today with CPS on issues specifically related to clinicians, particularly OT and PT workers, who CPS is seeking to force back into buildings to provide services to students—even though CPS has yet to fully develop a safety plan or consider remote options. Predictably, we have many concerns which we’ve raised with the Board as we continue to push them to move to remote therapy services.
Nearly 355,000 children and their families are counting on us to meet and exceed the challenges of our students’ educational needs this fall, and there is nothing that we cannot tackle on their behalf.
Reports from rank-and-file Chicago Teachers Union members reveal vast gaps in personal protective equipment (PPE), safety and cleaning, with exactly a week before the Sept. 8 start of classes in Chicago Public Schools.
In an update on accommodations, please note that employees who requested an accommodation to work remotely can work remotely while it is pending.
Public health guidance is clear: Any work that CAN be done remotely SHOULD be done remotely. The Chicago Teachers Union continues to lead with our values – including our conviction that students, members and their families deserve safety first and safety always. Every clinician who believes in-person work may be dangerous to them or their family without negotiated protections should email our template letter today.
There needs to be grace and understanding when recognizing the limitations of a purely remote teaching or learning environment. One year of imperfection will not devastate us. But the loss of lives will.
Again, there were no signs posted, no plexi-glass, no floor markings, no wipes available, etc.
CPS and the mayor are putting the health and safety of our members, their families and communities at risk by forcing clerks back into school buildings starting tomorrow, August 26.
The Union received a favorable decision in the arbitration of a grievance concerning excessive paperwork for special education teachers. The grievance, which arose at Washington High School, concerned additional paperwork requirements that CPS began to impose on special education teachers in 2016 as part of former CPS CEO Forrest Claypool’s scheme to deny students special education services.
Clerks are the heart of school communities, and they deserve the same rights as teachers. They are majority Black and Brown women, heads of household. Their lives matter.
CPS and the mayor may want to pretend this is a normal school year, but it’s not.