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.
We formally communicated to CPS today that we want to start bargaining immediately over its efforts to modify the academic calendar — just as school officials across the state routinely bargain these terms with their unions.
While it’s unsurprising that CPS has yet to get its safety act together, take heart from the knowledge that parents support our efforts to push for safety and transparency.
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.
The decision was made to bring the proposed agreement to the entire active membership for their final say. If the agreement is voted up, we do everything in our power to enforce what is there. If the agreement is voted down, we will have to hold another House meeting and decide when we are resuming the action.
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.