The mayor has prioritized the wishes of Tom Devore — an opportunistic, right-wing extremist hundreds of miles away from Chicago — over the wishes of the people of our city.
The right wing has behaved recklesslessly all throughout the pandemic, attempting to make vaccinations and mitigations enemies of the state, and ridiculing and making scoundrels out of individuals who needed them to survive.
Merely surviving the COVID-19 pandemic is not enough. CPS needs to earn the trust and confidence of families across the city.
Our members’ willingness and courage to escalate tactics is the only thing that moves CPS to do what’s right for students and educators.
This resolution was passed by the CTU House of Delegates at its April 7, 2021 meeting.
This resolution was passed by the House of Delegates at its April 7, 2021 monthly meeting.
CTU has filed a grievance over the CPS directive to principals that they cannot permit educators to work remotely even if they have no in-person students, unless they have applied for an accommodation. It is a clear violation of our Memorandum of Agreement on Resuming In-Person Instruction.
CTU members have voted to act for safety by all working remotely rather than complying with CPS orders for K-8 educators to work in unsafe buildings. We will also all respond to CTU retaliation (if there is any) with a strike. Many members still have questions. The answers below are meant to address concerns and confusion members have raised with us, so far.
The tentative agreement reached on October 31 between the Board of Education and the Chicago Teachers Union was ratified by the entire membership in a vote of 80.75% in favor and 19.25% against. View raw totals and school-by-school breakdown of the vote here.