VT AFL-CIO Stands With Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU Local 73
Whereas all students deserve the right to a quality public education in sustainable community schools with full wrap around services, and
Whereas all students deserve smaller class sizes with a hard cap in order to receive adequate attention from teachers and end overcrowding of classes, and
Whereas all students deserve access to a broad and diverse curriculum that includes art, world languages, computer literacy, and physical education, and
Whereas all students deserve support including fully-staffed libraries in all schools, access to social workers, school nurses, counselors, therapists and psychologists, and
Whereas students deserve access to special education case managers and teachers that are able to fully support their students, and
Whereas teachers and all educators deserve to be adequately compensated for their work, and
Whereas Chicago Public Schools should welcome all students no matter their citizenship status and support a district wide Sanctuary Schools policy, and
Whereas the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and SEIU Local 73 are standing up for the children of Chicago and for all public employees and unions in this time of budget cutting and union busting, therefore
Be it resolved that the Vermont State Labor Council of the AFL-CIO supports the Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU Local 73 in their fight to negotiate a contract that addresses all of these issues with the Chicago Board of Education.
Be it further resolved that the Vermont State Labor Council of the AFL-CIO will encourage other National Education Association locals as well as MLK County Labor Council locals to adopt a similar resolution.
Be it further resolved that the Vermont State Labor Council of the AFL-CIO shall communicate such support to its members, including encouraging them to sign solidarity petitions or statements, donate to picket line food funds, and communicate their support for CTU and SEIU Local 73 and its demands to the Chicago Board of Education and Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Vermont AFL-CIO Executive board, 9/27/19