The second installment in our top 10 memorable moments and Union achievements of 2021 addressed unprecedented need among our students.
This week, we learned that CPS will create part-time (0.5) Psychologist and Nurse positions for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year. We know that nearly two years into this pandemic CPS students need additional support. The additional nursing and psychological services will address the unprecedented need among our students and relieve the pressure on existing CPS clinicians already facing extraordinary caseloads.
This resolution was passed by the House of Delegates at its April 7, 2021 monthly meeting.
In accordance with Article V, Section 2 of the Chicago Teachers Union Constitution and By-Laws, the term of current delegates will end on January 31, 2021. The Notice of Nominations and Election for each citywide functional group will be sent via email to each member eligible to vote and posted on the CTU website on Friday, December 4, 2020.
The Rules and Elections Committee has determined these procedures for conducting elections to fill citywide delegate vacancies while in-person meetings are not possible.
We bargained again today with CPS on issues specifically related to clinicians, particularly OT and PT workers, who CPS is seeking to force back into buildings to provide services to students—even though CPS has yet to fully develop a safety plan or consider remote options. Predictably, we have many concerns which we’ve raised with the Board as we continue to push them to move to remote therapy services.
Public health guidance is clear: Any work that CAN be done remotely SHOULD be done remotely. The Chicago Teachers Union continues to lead with our values – including our conviction that students, members and their families deserve safety first and safety always. Every clinician who believes in-person work may be dangerous to them or their family without negotiated protections should email our template letter today.
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…
Nominations to fill Citywide Teacher, PSRP and Clinician Delegate vacancies will be held at the Chicago Teachers Union, 1901 W. Carroll Avenue on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 and Wednesday, January 15, 2020.