Late last night we received a tentative framework from Chicago Public Schools for the resumption of in-person learning.
We reached tentative agreements today with CPS on four key areas for the safe resumption of in-person learning.
We’re all in this together now. And whatever comes next, when we move, we move together.
Teachers, clinicians, PSRPs, librarians and other staff want to return to welcoming and thriving schools, but that can’t happen until we put the health and safety precautions of our educators, our students and the larger community first.
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.
“Our members are resolved to continue working, teaching their students and doing so safely,” President Sharkey said. “Only the mayor can force a strike, and if it comes to that, that’s her choice. We choose safety.”
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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.
CPS and the mayor may want to pretend this is a normal school year, but it’s not.
After sharing our concerns and demands in numerous special education committee and impact bargaining meetings, ODLSS withdrew its position that clinicians must be available to support remote learning activities for six hours per day. Instead, they will follow the mutually agreed work hours…