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.
As of today, our action is on as voted on by Chicago Teachers Union membership last weekend.
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.
Chicago Teachers Union members have voted to authorize all rank-and-file educators in Chicago Public Schools to conduct remote work only, starting tomorrow, Jan. 25, 2021.
Mayor Lightfoot and CPS remain intent on forcing an additional 10,000 educators and support staff back into unsafe buildings on Monday, Jan. 25.
“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.”
The Rev. William E. Hall, pastor of St. James Community Church in Chatham, will be forgoing his COVID-19 vaccine, and instead, offering it to a teacher in Chicago Public Schools at today’s 11:30 a.m. service.