VP Biden stands on a debate stage and calls for more funding for our schools, better ventilated buildings, smaller class sizes and increased educator staffing. Trump stands on stage at superspreader events and calls for schools to reopen amidst a surge in positive COVID-19 cases, and a U.S. death toll nearing 250,000.
We have reached agreements with the Chicago Board of Education regarding veteran (longevity) pay and strike pay for 52-week employees.
Members will receive both their contractual raise and retroactive paycheck this Friday, February 14.
After fighting on picket lines for 11 days—six of them unpaid—we still had to fight Chicago Public Schools for wages and benefits already earned. Here is where we stand as we enter Winter Break.
The tentative agreement reached on October 31 between the Board of Education and the Chicago Teachers Union was ratified by the entire membership in a vote of 80.75% in favor and 19.25% against. View raw totals and school-by-school breakdown of the vote here.
Chicagoans must have the right to elect their school board. Teachers must have the right to bargain on staffing and class size.
It’s important to note that most of the wins in our new tentative agreement — especially the substantial raise for PSRPs, the enforceable class size limits, and more than 750 new staffing positions — were not on the bargaining table on the day that we decided to go on strike.
Today, we return to classrooms with real and lasting change for our students and the people of this city.
We have a tentative agreement and will return to schools on Friday, Nov. 1. The final issue—our return-to-work terms—was resolved as we reached an agreement today with the mayor and Chicago Public Schools to make up five days of student instruction.