Under the recently ratified Framework for Resumption of In-Person Instruction, three types of accommodations are offered to members who qualify and an unpaid, job-protected leave is offered to any member concerned about returning to in-person instruction under the conditions of the agreement. See details here.
Late last night we received a tentative framework from Chicago Public Schools for the resumption of in-person learning.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has walked away from the bargaining table again after instructing her CPS leadership team to submit a “last, best and final offer” to the Union at 11:15 p.m. on Thursday night. CPS could do so much better, but refuses. Stay strong. Stay united. Raise your fighting voices even louder. Watch for updates .
The chart here shows how bargaining positions have moved over the course of negotiations between CTU and CPS on safe reopening.
The district unilaterally, and with no agreement from our union, made the decision to move the return date for K-8 teachers back to Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. We currently have no agreement with the Board on a safe return to our school buildings.
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.
Our guiding principle since March has been safety and survival, and through our work in this pandemic, we are also guided by our responsibility to advocate for educators, students and their families, and the communities we serve. We view all of these interests as intertwined.
CTU seeks real equity in calling for injunction against reopening schools under mayors’ dangerous CPS plan
An injunction demands that CPS bargain with the union and land enforceable safety standards before school buildings reopen.
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.