The “Memorandum of Agreement” (“MOA”) with CPS expires in August. CPS is already calling for a full reopening. Negotiations over what happens next have high stakes: $2 BILLION high, as that’s how much the federal government is providing the district in COVID relief money. We must continue to push CPS to negotiate with our Union, not just over safety issues, but over what a real “recovery” should look like in our schools.
With CPS leadership in such disarray, we will have to show them the way. We must be in a position to make demands that could really improve and transform our schools. For example, what social emotional supports will our students have? What would a full 30 student classroom look like? What about cleaning protocols? How will CPS use COVID money to upgrade facilities and infrastructure? Members’ leadership is especially needed since the mayor and her appointed CPS chiefs will do their best to ignore our parents and educators.
Getting CPS to prioritize safety and put federal money where we know it’s most needed will require continued organizing by our members, even as we all recover from an incredibly exhausting year. We need to strategize how to provide members space for self-care while we keep them plugged in, as we prepare for necessary upcoming mobilizations in this high stakes moment.
We need you, as a rank-and-file leader, to come prepared to discuss the mood and needs of your members and to bring additional ideas to replenish and prepare our Union power over the summer.
Note that the geography of the three Areas is approximate. No matter where in the city you work, join the meeting for your network.
Join fellow PPC and safety committee members in your region for a crucial discussion to review the year and position ourselves for what’s necessary going into the summer. Especially since our members have been exhausted by a rough year, rank and file members must act before the year ends to keep lines of communication open for any actions necessary as we move into next school year. We made so much progress under tough circumstances this past year, but in this moment we can’t afford to drop our collective guard. Your leadership is essential.
Area B (Central/West/Southwest)
Networks 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15 and CTU ACTS 2
Thursday, June 10 at 5:00 PM
Area B Registration
Area C (South Side)
Networks 10, 11, 12, 14, 16 and 17
Tuesday, June 15 at 5:00 PM
Area C Registration
Area A (North Side)
Networks 1, 2, 3, 4, AUSL-W, AUSL-S and CTUA1
Wednesday, June 16 at 5:00 PM
Area A Registration