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Charter school headlines for week of Nov. 16, 2020

The CTU New Organizing Committee met with charter school educators interested in unionizing. CTU members at Aspira are strategizing how to deal with colocation efforts. Acero Sped and ELL educators participated in a Know Your Rights training and are beginning to reach out to parents. Negotiations on our first contract with Epic are expected to begin after Thanksgiving

California dreaming

California dreaming

CPS has refused to bargain with the CTU over remote learning or return to in-person school, but educators in Los Angeles have been properly engaged by their school management. Maybe it’s because Los Angeles has an elected school board. Or, maybe, officials there realize you cannot run a school system without the workers.

Waiting to Exhale

Waiting to Exhale

An independent arbitrator found that school buildings are unsafe and ordered that clerks and other staff should be allowed to work remotely at least four days a week. But the mayor decided she’s above the law and refused to abide by that ruling.

Charter headlines for the week of Nov. 9

Namaste is the latest charter school to experience a COVID-19 outbreak. After months of negotiations, and a request for a mediator, we are seeing progress in CICS-Civitas talks. Instituto Health and Science Career Academy is hiring a psychologist to comply with the CTU contract. Three laid off special education apprentices have been recalled at Acero, after members organized against the layoffs.

LSC Election Guidance for School Staff

LSC Election Guidance for School Staff

The 2020 LSC elections are taking place during report card pick-up for elementary on Wednesday, November 18 and for high school on Thursday, November 19 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This election has obviously been hampered by the COVID-19 crisis, but CPS has also not handled it well.

California dreaming

Arbitrator again rules for remote work for clerks and tech cos as COVID-19 ravages our communities

In a 38-page final order, the independent arbitrator ruled that CPS clerks and other staff cannot be forced to work in unsafe buildings. We will be holding an emergency meeting with school clerks, technology coordinators and other rank-and-file members impacted by the arbitration opinion very soon.

Parents to CPS: Improve remote learning until virus under control

Polling memo shows overwhelming concern about reopening, as evidence grows of school transmissions in Illinois and across nation. Click this link to watch today’s CTU/SEIU press conference. CHICAGO, Nov. 9, 2020—Chicago voters remain deeply concerned about the...

Charter school headlines for the week of Nov. 2

CTU reached an agreement with Epic Academy that provides for remote learning through the second quarter, ending Feb. 4, 2021. The agreement also allows for “no stakes” observations. Finally, the union was able to negotiate 30 minutes on the clock for union meetings...
CPS must bargain with our union before setting date for return

CPS must bargain with our union before setting date for return

CHICAGO, Nov. 5, 2020—Chicago Teachers Union Deputy General Counsel Thaddeus Goodchild issued the following statement regarding today’s Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board ruling that denied the Union’s request for preliminary injunction in...
CPS must bargain with our union before setting date for return

CPS acquires air filters, yet clerks’ entire families continue to contract COVID-19

Mayor and CPS finally relent to releasing ventilation data, but fail to test HVAC systems properly or allow independent verification as parents and educators call for more transparency and involvement in safety discussions. CHICAGO, Nov. 4, 2020—Despite announcing an...
Unions’ joint statement demands that every vote count, as leaders outline steps to protect integrity of election

Unions’ joint statement demands that every vote count, as leaders outline steps to protect integrity of election

Unions commit to take whatever non-violent action is required—up to and including a general strike—to ensure a free and fair election in which all votes are counted, and that ensures peaceful transition of power. 5:00 p.m., Wed., Nov. 4: Labor rally to defend...

Chicago area labor unions to issue statement, discuss steps to protect integrity of election

Unions commit to take whatever non-violent action is required to ensure a free and fair election in which all votes are counted, and that ensures peaceful transition of power. 11:00 a.m., TODAY, Mon., Nov. 2: Labor press conference, Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph....