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Waiting to Exhale

Waiting to Exhale

An independent arbitrator found that school buildings are unsafe and ordered that clerks and other staff should be allowed to work remotely at least four days a week. But the mayor decided she’s above the law and refused to abide by that ruling.

Arbitrator again rules for remote work for clerks and tech cos as COVID-19 ravages our communities

Arbitrator again rules for remote work for clerks and tech cos as COVID-19 ravages our communities

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.

CTU unveils school COVID-19 tracker as citywide positivity nears 8 percent

CTU unveils school COVID-19 tracker as citywide positivity nears 8 percent

With COVID-19 surging and CPS refusing to answer parents’ questions, Union launches tracker to help identify schools with positive cases. CHICAGO, Oct. 28, 2020—The Chicago Teachers Union today is launching its citywide, school COVID-19 tracker to aid members in...
Mayor Lightfoot and CPS: No compliance, no plan and no shame

Mayor Lightfoot and CPS: No compliance, no plan and no shame

CPS and the mayor have provided no detailed plan on how they intend to resume in-person instruction for the second quarter. CPS also has refused to commit to bargaining with our union over its decision on when and how to resume in-person instruction.

CTU wins legal battle to protect workers in unsafe buildings as two new schools report COVID cases — and one tragic death

CTU wins legal battle to protect workers in unsafe buildings as two new schools report COVID cases — and one tragic death

The arbitrator’s ruling finds that the district’s half-measures are failing, in addition to its failures to share case reports with the public and the Chicago Teachers Union. CPS is not fit to reopen.