As a result of CPS gross mismanagement under Mayor Lightfoot, educators with preexisting conditions were put in harm’s way during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Union staff just won about $9,000 in back pay for our member Diane McQueen. The settlement is restitution for the weeks that CPS forced her to take a leave of absence in order to protect her health during the Covid crisis.
This position serves the entire Chicago Teachers Union membership to help members address contract violations. The duties include, but are not limited to, addressing and investigating member concerns, counseling members on how to resolve grievances, providing support at grievance, arbitration, disciplinary, DCFS and investigatory hearings; and helping members to organize and fight against abusive principals, policies and practices.
CPS tried to use technical language to deprive Theresa Dzoga-Borg of the banked sick day pay she was owed upon retirement. CTU staff submitted a grievance on her behalf and pursued the issue all the way to arbitration, winning her a full payout.
Under the agreement, discipline rescission notices will be issued to impacted employees by August 20, 2021, and all records of the discipline in these cases will be rescinded and removed from the affected employees’ files.
A brave few stepped forward and inspired us all throughout this fight. CPS agreed to reinstate all locked out members and drop discipline against them. The mayor and CPS refused to pay the wages they owe PSRPs and teachers who stood up for safety. We’re supporting them and fighting to get what they deserve.
The Union received a favorable decision in the arbitration of a grievance concerning excessive paperwork for special education teachers. The grievance, which arose at Washington High School, concerned additional paperwork requirements that CPS began to impose on special education teachers in 2016 as part of former CPS CEO Forrest Claypool’s scheme to deny students special education services.