The following information supersedes any previous guidance about leaves of absence during the pandemic. Find out about special pandemic provisions for ADA accommodations, short-term disabilities, CDC regulations, emergency paid leave, FMLA and discretionary leave.
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.
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.
CTU continues to bargain with CPS over the conditions of remote learning as the school year begins. Watch the video for details of the bargaining. In addition, we’re hearing that members are being asked to report in-person to schools or outdoors for school orientations and open houses before the school year starts. CPS says they are not telling principals that staff can be required to report in-person to school or to outdoor orientations and open houses before school starts.
This member communication provides updates on discussions with CPS over fall schooling, finalized pay tables with veteran pay resolved and CPS leave policies clarified for issues related to the pandemic.
The CTU grievance department provides this advice with actions to take to secure your rights. We’re also sharing news of important grievance wins that secure rights for all our members.