Mayor Lori Lightfoot won’t lay out public health criteria for proposed return in January as daily COVID-19 infection average tops 2,300 — nearly six times higher than the district’s remote learning cut-off of 400 per day in July.
An independent arbitrator found that school buildings are unsafe and ordered that clerks and other staff should be allowed to work remotely at least four days a week. But the mayor decided she’s above the law and refused to abide by that ruling.
“Save Our Clerks” campaign to assist workers with basic needs is yet another example of educators and labor coming together to fill in gaps where others have fallen short.
In a 38-page final order, the independent arbitrator ruled that CPS clerks and other staff cannot be forced to work in unsafe buildings. We will be holding an emergency meeting with school clerks, technology coordinators and other rank-and-file members impacted by the arbitration opinion very soon.
Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools continue to force clerks, clerk assistants and technology coordinators to choose between their lives and their livelihoods.
CPS and the mayor have provided no detailed plan on how they intend to resume in-person instruction for the second quarter. CPS also has refused to commit to bargaining with our union over its decision on when and how to resume in-person instruction.
As parents, students and educators await Chicago Public Schools’ plans for the second quarter of the school year, the Chicago Teachers Union today launched the first in a series of digital advertisements focusing on the needs of the city’s school communities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.