As a union that is a part of a larger movement for equity and justice, we have to act and build the supports we do not have currently.
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.
Union officers, educators, nurses, and state and city officials discuss negotiations for a safe return
CTU day of action begins with press conference at Spry Elementary in Little Village, where, last week, 130 students were absent on Jan. 3, and more than 30 percent of students present tested positive for COVID-19.
Educators are not the enemy Mayor Lightfoot wants them to be. They are parents, grandparents, clergy, community partners and Chicagoans.
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.
The courage and unity of our rank-and-file members secured a landmark agreement, and one of the best safety pacts in the U.S. for district educators and their students.
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.