In a moment when the world is declaring that Black Lives Matter, we should not be cutting Black educators. CICS CEO Elizabeth Shaw has said that we all have to be committed to challenging systemic racism. And yet she and her organization are defunding a school that serves primarily Black students.
It’s clear both from the COVID-19 pandemic and from the tragic police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and too many others that too many of our students face hardship as a course of their daily lives. We need 2 minutes of your time to help lessen that hardship.
Take Action: Send a letter to the mayor and to members of the Chicago Board of Education requesting that they take emergency actions.
CPS is illegally reneging on its deal. Our 11-day strike forced CPS to recognize the contributions of its veteran teachers, among other improvements. As soon as CTU members voted to ratify the agreement, however, the district broke our deal and demanded that most of the $25 million be paid in one-time lump sum bonuses rather than be added to veteran teachers’ base salaries, costing them thousands of dollars in salary increases over the course of their careers because their base salaries won’t increase. CPS didn’t want to pay its veteran teachers fairly, and now it’s retaliating against them for being among the longest-tenured and most dedicated workers in our schools.
April 12, 2019, bargaining update from from CTU President Jesse Sharkey to members.