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Chicago Teachers Union President Blames Mayor for Labor Stalemate

Chicago public schools remained closed after negotiations stagnated between the teachers’ union and the city over in-person classes and pandemic safety.

Through the heart of the pandemic last winter, in-person, full-time since this fall, we are the people who make the schools go. Right now, we’re experiencing dangerous Omicron surge. We’re seeing hospitalization, utilization rates near all-time highs or dangerous levels. And what’s needed is the ability to work together to get an agreement to restart instruction. We understand the public wants this impasse to end. No one wants to see the people who run the schools disagreeing. The issue here is the question of how we’re dealing with the pandemic. The pandemic is the issue. It’s not whether or not teachers want to work. That’s been established. Teachers have been in the buildings. But we’re asking for some basic common-sense safety measures. I’m sure the mayor feels strongly about in-person instruction, but the mayor is in a position where the mayor needs to help actually compromise and land a deal.

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Chicago Teachers Union President Blames Mayor for Labor Stalemate

By The Associated Press January 10, 2022

Chicago public schools remained closed after negotiations stagnated between the teachers’ union and the city over in-person classes and pandemic safety.

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