Unions vote to end days-long standoff with city amid Covid-19 concerns
Chicago Public Schools will continue in-person instruction after the Chicago teachers union backed plans with local school districts to develop new pandemic safety measures, ending a nearly week-long stalemate.
The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) House voted Monday to resume in-person learning, suspending a labor dispute that led educators to reject in-person classes starting last week. Under the new plan, schools will reopen on Wednesday.
In exchange for a return to work, the Chicago School District agreed to develop guidelines to help determine when specific schools should resume remote learning, which will be based on the number of staff and student absences caused by Covid-19 and, according to the Chicago Tribune, the current community whether there is a high level of viral transmission in the
Mayor Lori Lightfoot – who has spoken out against the union’s recent push to restore full distance learning – celebrated the decision late Monday, praising in-person instruction as a “Much better than last year when our students had to endure remote programming for too long.”
“No one wins when our students leave the best and safest place they can study,” she says.
While Lightfoot has previously accused unions of abandoning students for refusing to go to work, CTU president Jesse Sharkey insists the mayor is “Relentless refusal to seek accommodation” For teachers still worried about the pandemic.The agency urges city governments “Ultimately committed to enforceable safety protections centered on the well-being of our students, their families and our school community.”
The Chicago Public Schools District has insisted on avoiding closing in-person classes, CEO Pedro Martinez said, ‘I won’t close schools’ Regardless of how the union voted last week, it condemned any work stoppage as an illegal strike. On Thursday, a group of local parents filed a lawsuit against the union.
Cases of the new coronavirus in the Windy City have risen sharply in recent weeks, likely due to an increase in the more contagious Omicron variant.
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