One consequence of Mayor Lightfoot’s four-day lockout is that today’s paycheck is not a full one, due to the fight for safety in our schools during a lethal surge in the COVID-19 pandemic. But we continue to push Chicago Public Schools to reinstate those four days of work and wages, just as we continue to meet with CPS daily and hammer out enforcement issues in the new district Safety Agreement.
Governor Pritzker signed a bill into law that extends last summer’s emergency COVID state unemployment insurance statute through September 4, 2021 — making most of our PSRPs eligible for unemployment benefits over this summer.
Members have posed a number of questions repeatedly in meetings about the new reopening agreement. This FAQ is an effort to answer some of the most common questions and points of confusion. Check back often; we are adding content all the time!
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.
CTU members have voted to act for safety by all working remotely rather than complying with CPS orders for K-8 educators to work in unsafe buildings. We will also all respond to CTU retaliation (if there is any) with a strike. Many members still have questions. The answers below are meant to address concerns and confusion members have raised with us, so far.