Despite CPU claiming to have met with CTU “nearly 70x since June to discuss reopening, safety, student learning in a hybrid model” there has been no improvement on the continued discussion of reopening plans. The CTU disputed the authenticity of CPU’s statement and claimed that the CPS CEO has yet to attend a meeting.
A potential teachers strike in the United States’ third-largest district is now a strong possibility and would be the fourth Chicago teachers strike in the last decade.
It would see Chicago Teachers Union, comprised of 28,000 teachers, para-professionals, clinicians, and support staff, who represent one of the largest teacher unions in the United States, take on Chicago’s municipal executives. A reported 71% of the participating 86% of CTU’s members have voted in favor of striking.
This stock market thing is really exciting, but could you spare a few bucks for teachers locked out of their Google Classrooms in Chicago? https://t.co/uZbwIplfT7
— Kenzo Shibata will teach virtually until it's safe (@KenzoShibata) January 27, 2021
Although CPU has threatened teachers with “the appropriate next steps, including cutting off access to CPS systems and discontinuing pay”, CTU continues to emphasize that it is the health and safety of their members that are the prior concern, and if there was not a safe way forward, this would be the reason behind the potential strike.
Educators thus far have had to claw for just the "basic precautions," and according to member reports in our COVID Tracker, there have been 87 schools with 277 COVID cases, where 258 staff members and 19 students have been affected since Jan. 4. https://t.co/n7tVJFum7z https://t.co/9bHQQcdMge
— ChicagoTeachersUnion (@CTULocal1) January 27, 2021
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