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Vacation pay for members in district-run schools is governed by Article 43-1.3 of the CTU-CPS contract. That provision sets five days as the maximum number paid for winter break. However, it lowers that number for members who have worked fewer than 81 days between April 19 and November 22 of that calendar year.

Ordinarily, this means members new to CPS (hired at or after the beginning of the school year) only get four paid days for winter break.

However, this year, the 11 days of our strike lowered the number of days new hires had worked prior to November 22. The result is that our newest members received only three days pay on today’s paycheck. This result is unfortunate, but is in accordance with the terms of our contract, is not a new practice, and only impacts this set of new hires this year.