Strike action has been suspended for Wednesday, September 6. We have not yet reached a tentative agreement, but substantial progress gives the bargaining team strong hope of an agreement without strike action. Stand by and continue to show solidarity.
The decision was made to bring the proposed agreement to the entire active membership for their final say. If the agreement is voted up, we do everything in our power to enforce what is there. If the agreement is voted down, we will have to hold another House meeting and decide when we are resuming the action.
A strong safety committee is essential for identifying safety concerns, raising issues to your principal and generating pressure if remedies aren’t happening quickly enough.
Given what we heard at the bargaining table yesterday — more of the same lies, dishonesty and, if you can believe it, more lack of concern for our members and our school communities — we believe united, city-wide action by our members is the only thing that will force her to relent.
This resolution calls for the Union to institute escalating actions in order to win safety measures throughout the district. The House of Delegates overwhelmingly adopted the resolution at its October 6, 2021 monthly meeting.
We only heard talking points yesterday when new CPS CEO Pedro Martinez and Dr. Alison Arwady spoke to the press. That includes mischaracterizations of our positions, half-truths about safety and deceptive statistics.
“We’ll get back to you” isn’t good enough during a global pandemic, when people, especially in our hardest hit Black and Brown communities, are still falling ill, suffering and dying.