Lightfoot team has no plan to step up school-based vaccinations for members of school communities, or to address critical shortages of janitors, nurses, substitute teachers, more.
- 4:00 p.m., Thursday, October 14: Press availability at vaccination event for CTU, SEIU rank and file.
CTU HQ, 1901 W. Carroll Ave.
- 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 14 and Friday, October 15: Vaccination event
for CTU, SEIU rank and file. CTU HQ, 1901 W. Carroll Ave.
CHICAGO — With almost 90% of rank and file members vaccinated, the CTU will again stage two community vaccine events this week from 4-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 14 and Friday, October 15 to encourage unvaxed workers to get their shot. The CTU vaccine events are designed to continue to connect rank and file workers with trusted health professionals who can answer questions, reassure workers about vaccine safety, and clear up persistent confusion among some about COVID vaccines. The CTU will once again be hosting these vax events without partnership from the mayor’s CPS team, and continues to urge CPS to collaborate on vaccine events and stand up a community based vaccination campaign focused on the city’s education community.
On Thursday at 4:00 p.m., the Union will host a press availability at the vax event at CTU HQ, located at 1901 W. Carroll Ave. on Chicago’s West Side. Health professionals attending include Dr. Juanita Mora, who has been a strong proponent of equity in vaccine access.
The CTU has aggressively pushed vaccines for all members, students and families since they became available, and supported the mandate for workers to be vaccinated.
At the same time, school buildings confront desperate shortages of frontline workers, from bus aides and nurses to janitors and a shortage of a thousand substitute teachers, forcing paraprofessionals to step in. Monday’s vaccine deadline for CPS workers would have exacerbated staffing shortages, and left school buildings unsafe with thousands fewer people on site.
On Wednesday, the CTU, SEIU Local 73 and SEIU Local 1 wrote Mayor Lightfoot about those critical staffing concerns. The same afternoon, CPS conceded that allowing unvaccinated workers to submit to testing until they complete a vaccine regimen, rather than being turned away from work on Monday, would help prevent unsafe staffing shortages in schools. Without that change, schools would have been forced to go without thousands of janitors, bus aides, paraprofessionals, teachers and other critical school staff on the ground who have yet to be fully vaccinated.
The CTU continues to call on CPS to collaborate with the Union as a trusted voice in our communities to promote vaccinations among workers, parents, families and students.