Happy MLK Day!

Chicago Public Schools will be closed tomorrow due to inclement weather.

The Chicago Teachers Union advocated for keeping students and families safe during a stretch of brutally cold weather. Moving forward, we will ensure that Chicago Public Schools works closely with us to prepare for other extreme climate emergencies.

Since Friday we’ve worked nonstop to support our members, restore power in freezing buildings, and challenge leaders who believed they were allowed to keep buildings open without power in the middle of a snow storm.

Decades of divestment and privatization means Chicago Public Schools is not prepared for climate emergencies. Though we will continue to work towards better coordination with Chicago Public Schools and made progress in that relationship even during this weather event, we know that these problems will not be resolved without greater investment in our school communities as a whole.

This is a key part of our upcoming contract negotiations: getting the investment we need in order for our schools to thrive. We must also recognize on this day that we celebrate the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., that climate justice is racial justice.

Black and brown communities—especially in Chicago—have faced the brunt of cumulative impacts from heat waves, industrial contaminants and aging infrastructure.

Extreme weather events like this one are why we have a Green Schools campaign with a set of climate resilience focused demands for our upcoming contract negotiations with Chicago Public Schools.

It’s also why we need Bring Chicago Home — so that the nearly 20K unhoused students in our district are safe and healthy both at school and home.

Thank you to our members for all that you do to ensure students have a safe and healthy place to learn.

We look forward to moving forward on a contract campaign that makes both our schools and the city of Chicago a better place for all of our students.

As CPS has made the decision to close schools to keep our families safe from the bitter cold tomorrow, CTU will be working on a phone bank to get our fellow Chicagoans housed and out of the cold through the Bring Chicago Home referendum.