Revolution is grounded in ordinary people’s fight for freedom and equality | Revolución se basa en la lucha de la gente común por la libertad y la igualdad
Memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Union and Acero management calls for school-wide shutdown if there are three or more confirmed positive cases across three or more classrooms within a 14-day period.
Get answers to Fall 2021’s most frequently asked questions about COVID safety, benefit days, quarantines, clinician spaces, evaluations and more.
Almost 90 percent of unionized charter schools have negotiated safety agreements with CTU that include testing, screening and increased staffing. CTU-ACTS has established a health insurance committee seeking to provide an improved and less expensive benefits package. And, after threats to close, Youth Connections Leadership Academy will remain open for another year.
“We’ll get back to you” isn’t good enough during a global pandemic, when people, especially in our hardest hit Black and Brown communities, are still falling ill, suffering and dying.
We received numerous reports about unclean schools and facilities as we prepared for the start to the year, but there is some good news to share regarding a school cleanliness arbitration victory at Simeon High School.
Approximately 1.6% of total fund assets of CTPF members’ retirement savings, are invested in 225 small cap and passive strategy funds, totaling $242.3 million that include fossil fuel industries. Disinvestment from these funds will indicate that such an action is a step toward undermining financial support of an industry responsible for the devastation of the planet.
“Pension holiday” is actually pension default worded in a way that is intended to portray the default as causing little harm or even as something positive. So, CTU will remind members and the media to use accurate language (“pension default” not “pension holiday”) in oral and written communications regarding non-payment of the employer’s pension payment that has been required.
The mayor has touted layered mitigations as successful for our schools. Those mitigations are from the MOU we fought for last spring — she has yet to agree to them for this fall. Those strategies worked at a time when only 25% of our families returned their children to schools last winter and spring. Yet today, we have 100% of our families returning. How does this make sense?
Led by CTU members and supported by our national union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the CTU Teacher Leader Policy Fellowship provides members an opportunity to expand advocacy and leadership skills, meet with researchers and decision-makers in Chicago and Illinois, and support the vital work of the CTU. Applications are due September 17, 2021.
Though we are not at formal impasse, the pace of negotiations is frustratingly slow, and with the first day of school bearing down on all of us, the mayor’s CPS team is refusing to agree to a robust safety plan we can sign off on.