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.
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.
[Featured Image from Michael Hicks Jr.]