Thanks to the new rules members have won in their long struggle for safety, some 315 schools now have at least one person assigned to their contact tracing team and, of those, more than 230 have more than one contact tracer. This work is sorely needed because more than two-thirds of those schools have vaccinations rates under 50 percent.
We reached an agreement with Chicago Public Schools in January that guaranteed masking in schools — along with other critical COVID-19 mitigations for safety — through the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Should CPS move toward making masks optional without bargaining to do so safely, we know that this refusal to honor our agreement will have consequences.
The Illinois House passed two bills this week of key importance to CTU members: HB 1167: COVID Administrative Days and HB 5285: Too Young to Test.
Veteran educator Evelyn Colon is not taking any chances when it comes to COVID-19. Thanks to Union vaccination efforts, she and her family are fully vaccinated.
The mayor is so angry at us for winning so much over the past year and a half, she refused to provide even basic safety mitigations.
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.
CTU officers and staff, joined by the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., held a press conference at CTU HQ (watch the officer press conference now) in which we outlined our new comprehensive proposal to CPS.
Latest proposal to Mayor Lightfoot addresses issues around testing, contact tracing and health metric, to return students to learning
The proposal, approved for submission to Chicago Public Schools by the Union’s executive board and House of Delegates, would address all outstanding issues and protect educators, students and staff in the midst of a deadly surge in the COVID-19 pandemic.