Chicago Teachers Discuss A Strike Amid Pandemic Surge

  • With Covid cases rising, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and its allies are resisting Mayor Lightfoot’s plan to force educators back into the classroom—and could walk off the job.
  • Over 10,000 CTU mem­bers have pledged their oppo­si­tion to the reopen­ing plan proposed by the may­or and Chica­go Pub­lic Schools (CPS), cit­ing seri­ous con­cerns over safe­ty and transparency. In-per­son learn­ing is set to resume for pre‑K stu­dents on Jan­u­ary 11, and for ele­men­tary school stu­dents on Feb­ru­ary 1. 
  • “Many of our mem­bers are not feel­ing safe at all, they’re feel­ing more anx­ious and scared than ever,” said CTU Pres­i­dent Jesse Sharkey. He added that union mem­bers will hold meet­ings in the com­ing days and weeks and may con­sid­er hold­ing a strike autho­riza­tion vote.

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