Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Teachers Union in talks with classes canceled after Vote to Go Remote – Greeley Tribune

Chicago (CBS) – Talks were underway Wednesday afternoon between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers’ Union, after a vote by the CTU to move to virtual learning amid a COVID-19 surge canceled classes for the day.

As CBS 2 political investigator Dana Kozlov pointed out, students and parents at home are waiting to see what Thursday will bring.

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Union leaders said they were due to meet the district at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, potentially to work out some sort of settlement. But there was no update late Wednesday on how the talks went, or even if they were taking place as of 5 p.m.

Also, CPS CEO Pedro Martínez met with the principals on Wednesday afternoon to discuss what might happen next.

But as of Wednesday afternoon, there was no sign that students would be back in Chicago schools anytime soon.

Hundreds of Chicago public school teachers formed a caravan with their cars and honked in Union Park after a day from class. There were signs on his windshield, “Don’t shut us down, we teach.”

The caravan later proceeded to the City Hall.

Winter breaks after only three days, and all Chicago public schools are without students in classes once again. The lights were lit in CPS schools on Wednesday, but the matter was nothing special – once a CPS teacher Voted to work remotely only, the head of the district did exactly what he said he would do. He canceled all classes.

“Right now, going to schools puts us at risk,” said Jesse Sharkey, president of the Chicago Teachers’ Union.

It is the first day that the heads of schools are calling for a walkout, while the Chicago teachers union said its members are ready to work remotely – only.

“This situation is not what we like,” Sharkey said.

Sharkey said that of the 20,000 teachers who cast electronic ballots on Tuesday, 73 percent voted to go remote because of the spike in COVID-19 cases. In a post-vote letter, Sharkey told members that they would “substantially reduce” once COVID surges are reached, or an agreement with the union district that includes a student testing plan.

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“Run a test-to-return program the way they have in other cities, and then once you bring people back, there’s an effective screening test,” Sharkey said.

Otherwise, the union said, teachers would hold out until January 18, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the union doesn’t get to take that call.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday night, “We asked CTU leadership — take a moment, review the plan, come back to us with feedback at the bargaining table, delay the vote — not stop an illegal job.” “And to that, the answer was, ‘No, sorry, we’re moving on.'”

Kozlov asked labor attorney Kerry-Lynn Krafthefer how she saw the situation from a labor law perspective.

“Well, it really comes down to who has the ability to determine how and where the services are to be provided, and that’s an inherent managerial authority,” Kraftpfeffer said.

Some teachers posted photos of themselves trying to work remotely on Wednesday but found themselves out of the system – something that CPS chief executive Pedro Martínez warned would happen to teachers who were personally Do not report from

Teachers’ salaries were deducted with remote access.

Meanwhile, 300,000 CPS students are in limbo.

“We want to have a settlement agreement,” Sharkey said.

A CTU spokesperson said she believes teachers will also need to be tested for the virus until they drop out – if such a testing agreement is in place.

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On Tuesday night, Martinez said he would have more information about what the rest of the week looks like for CPS students. We were waiting for that plan till late Wednesday night.