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A FAQ for CTU members on remote work action

In an attempt to intimidate educators out of exercising their rights, CPS management has sent new communications changing policies and denying legitimate requests. Below you will find guidance on responding to some of the most common situations that members are experiencing as the mayor recklessly pushes forward with a plan rejected by the vast majority of educators, parents, and principals.

Questions and Answers on Our Collective Action for Safety, Equity and Trust

Questions and Answers on Our Collective Action for Safety, Equity and Trust

CTU members have voted to act for safety by all working remotely rather than complying with CPS orders for K-8 educators to work in unsafe buildings. We will also all respond to CTU retaliation (if there is any) with a strike. Many members still have questions. The answers below are meant to address concerns and confusion members have raised with us, so far.

Rank and file rebellion at Latino Youth keeps educators working remotely

Rank and file rebellion at Latino Youth keeps educators working remotely

As CPS continues its push to force members back into unsafe buildings in January, the successful rebellion at Latino Youth offers an important lesson: solidarity is power.

Stand together: Tell the mayor and CPS we will return to our schools only when we have safety.

Stand together: Tell the mayor and CPS we will return to our schools only when we have safety.

CTU members must all sign onto this letter demanding safety. Whether you are threatened with unsafe in-person work January 4 or not, standing together is one important step in winning our right to a safe workplace. Sign right away and share ctulocal1.org/safety with colleagues to have them sign.

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

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.

Bargaining Update on Remote Learning

Bargaining Update on Remote Learning

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.