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CPS acquires air filters, yet clerks’ entire families continue to contract COVID-19

CPS acquires air filters, yet clerks’ entire families continue to contract COVID-19

Mayor and CPS finally relent to releasing ventilation data, but fail to test HVAC systems properly or allow independent verification as parents and educators call for more transparency and involvement in safety discussions. CHICAGO, Nov. 4, 2020—Despite announcing an...

Mayor mulls reopening schools as CPS broadband plan flounders and two schools report COVID cases

Mayor mulls reopening schools as CPS broadband plan flounders and two schools report COVID cases Some Black and Latinx neighborhoods are near 20 percent positivity rates, as these communities remain most at risk for infection and death. CHICAGO, September 30, 2020—CTU...
Breonna Taylor and the fight for racial justice

Breonna Taylor and the fight for racial justice

It’s past time for politicians who promise real change, real equity and real hope to make good on those promises CHICAGO, September 23, 2020—Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today in response to news that the Kentucky...

CTU argues in landmark civil rights case that CPS practiced systemic racism in layoffs

Union argues that 2011 layoffs targeted Black educators in segregated schools even as district policies continue to decimate ranks of Black teachers and support staff. CHICAGO, September 16, 2020—For almost ten years, the CTU has been battling CPS in federal court on...
Trial tackles CTU effort to bar CPS from forcing school clerks back into buildings under unsafe conditions

Trial tackles CTU effort to bar CPS from forcing school clerks back into buildings under unsafe conditions

CPS admits COVID cases among CPS workers have tripled since May, with hundreds of school workers contracting COVID-19—and at least eight now dead—despite working in lightly populated buildings with very limited staff.   CHICAGO, September 16, 2020—The Chicago Teachers...
Clerks need COVID safety protocols before returning to buildings

Clerks need COVID safety protocols before returning to buildings

CPS officials admit they have no full safety plan in place, nor is CPS ready to train workers on proper safety protocols, despite their demand that school clerks return to in-person work in school buildings today. After months of pressure from the Chicago Teachers...