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Shame on you, CPS

Shame on you, CPS

PSRP Judy Mahoney is exactly the kind of employee CPS should value. She served as the school clerk at Whittier Elementary in Pilsen for 23 years until a drunk driver changed the course of her life one night. Now, four years later, CPS has slashed Judy’s position at the school and, had our Union not fought back, she would have been out of job at the end of June.

PSRP Corner: Just say “No”

PSRP Corner: Just say “No”

Saying “no” to inappropriate assignments today can help ensure your school has the proper staffing you need tomorrow. CPS will never provide our schools with the staffing and resources they need and that have been promised if PSRPs continue to play the dutiful helper role — always willing to chip in when needed.

Have you formed your safety committee?

Have you formed your safety committee?

Our reopening agreement ,itself, does not make our schools safe. It gives us tools to hold CPS accountable and to ensure our buildings are as safe as they can be. But, like our contract, the reopening will be only as strong as our ability to enforce it, building by building. And that’s where your safety committee comes in.

Elected school board NOW

Elected school board NOW

Chicago’s Grassroots Education Movement alliance and CTU are mounting a campaign to pass HB 2267 — for an elected, representative school board — when lawmakers return to the Capitol after for a “lame duck” session, the closing days of the current general assembly before new legislators are seated. But the success of that campaign will depend on members contacting their state senators and insisting the bill get consideration first thing in the new year.

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.