Chicago Teachers Union (CTU): Mayor Lightfoot, CPS leadership walk away from bargaining table

Chicago Teachers Union

By Jesse Sharkey, CTU President | February 5, 2021 | News

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has walked away from the bargaining table again after instructing her CPS leadership team to submit a “last, best and final offer” to the Union at 11:15 p.m. on Thursday night.

The mayor’s offer would pause in-person learning district-wide only if there are COVID-19 outbreaks in 50 percent of Chicago Public Schools buildings at the same time. Meaning that COVID-19 cases in more than 200 schools would not be cause to consider the reinstitution of remote learning in the view of the mayor or CPS leadership.

The mayor’s proposal denies remote work accommodations to 75 percent of educators with household members at high-risk for COVID-19, even though none of their students have opted for in-person learning.

As educators, school clerks and other CPS employees struggle to access COVID-19 vaccinations under the mayor’s “Hunger Games” system of vaccine distribution, CPS will only commit to vaccinate about 1,500 workers per week — giving no priority to staff expected to return first or those living or working in the hardest-hit communities — while refusing to increase its share of vaccine doses as City of Chicago supply increases.

Under that schedule, educators forced back into buildings could still be waiting until June for vaccinations through CPS, months after the mayor proposes to fully reopen school buildings….

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