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Chicago Teachers Union Using COVID Delta Variant to Shutdown Schools

Chicago Teachers Union Using COVID Delta Variant to Shutdown Schools

It is never about the children with the CTU.

Nothing. I repeat, absolutely nothing is good enough for the vile group known as the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU).

They spent last school year doing everything possible to keep students out of the classroom. You don’t need stats to know keeping kids out of the classroom is detrimental to their education.

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) did everything required by health officials to keep buildings safe. Private and charter schools in Chicago had in-person learning without many problems.

The school year starts on August 31. The CTU sent a letter to CPS and Mayor Lori Lightfoot, threatening to delay in-person school again.

CTU listed its demands to CPS and Mayor Lori Lightfoot to make the schools even safer before the school year starts in a few weeks.

It’s so weird. The CTU’s requests are almost identical to the demands from last year…which CPS took care of during the fall:

  • Ventilation upgrades
  • A COVID-19 testing plan for vaccinated and unvaccinated members of our school communities
  • Maintenance of criteria and health metrics based on COVID prevalence to paunse in-person instruction
  • Full-time contact tracers, nurses, social workers and counselors in every school building
  • A comprehensive home visit program to engage students and families in every school community

CTU demanded “an open bargaining session” on August 11.

CPS has had enough of CTU’s antics:

“While your letter does not explain what you mean by an ‘open’ bargaining session, we do not agree that a session focused on presentation rather than substance will increase trust,” CPS Chief Labor Relations Officer Kaitlyn Girard wrote to CTU President Jesse Sharkey in a letter obtained by the Chicago Tribune.

“Both CPS and CTU have designated bargaining teams who represent their respective interests at the bargaining table. We do not think a platform for theatrical performance by either party will advance this process or get us to where we both acknowledge we need to be.”

CTU said it will still hold an open forum on August 11.

Almost 82% of the CPS teachers are fully vaccinated. Around 52% of the children aged 12-17 have their first vaccine shot.

State Superintendent Carmen Ayala mandated in-person learning. The mandate includes “limited exceptions.”


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Whoo Hoo! Another year aid vacation coming for teachers.
Must be nice to work for public unions

    audax in reply to Skip. | August 7, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Didn’t even read the article. These parent/voters voted for these @$$hats in government and on the school boards and there kids deserve everything the parents voted for. The kids have another year to shoot at each other on the streets. Any sane parent would have packed up their kids and moved to Florida or Texas by now.

Fat_Freddys_Cat | August 6, 2021 at 3:31 pm

And after that it will be “delta plus” or “lambda lambda lambda” or whatever.

Note that the most important people (the students) are excluded by the process.

    Ben Kent in reply to ParkRidgeIL. | August 6, 2021 at 5:12 pm


    … >> I identify as an “undocumented” immigrant.

    Why? Because this is a new country – not the country I was born in. It’s been taken over by a foreign power.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Ben Kent. | August 6, 2021 at 6:20 pm

      My new place has a flag pole out front, with Old Glory flying. I am getting very close to changing it out for a 48-state flag. That was may country. Not the one we have now.

In my daughter’s DPS class, 70% of the students did not meet the requirements to advance but she was required to pass them on to the next grade level anyway. I can’t imagine what a second lost year will do for that generation. Actually I can. It will create another minority dependent generation that will continue to vote Democrat. It’s not opinion – it’s reality – forcing this on Chicago students is the MOST RACIST thing ever done to blacks and Latinos in two generations and it’s all orchestrated by the Democrats.

    NYBruin in reply to DanJ1. | August 6, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    I read (in The Economist magazine) that “less than half of Americans are proficient readers”.

    Easy to believe these days

Antifundamentalist | August 6, 2021 at 4:07 pm

I think the solution will be to simply to refuse to renew all teacher contracts in Chicago. Teachers can apply as substitutes and can then be paid accordingly on days that the schools are open. Then shift the entire district to an online curriculum. problem solved. Chicago schools should also be able to reduce the size of other personnel as well – fewer janitors, fewer counselors, few administrators. Seems like a win-win to me.

At what point in time does someone in authority pull a “Reagan” and fire them ALL? When do taxpayers revolt and withhold the portion of their property taxes that goes to public schools?

stevewhitemd | August 6, 2021 at 5:11 pm

C’mon people, it’s a UNION — they’re supposed to find ways for their members to be paid for not working!

I live in suburban Chicago. The behavior of the CTU is nothing new. They’re one of the most militant, socialist and obstinate (BIRM) unions in the country. They have no concerns whatsoever about the children, and certainly none about facts or science. It’s all about the bacon that’s cooking.

I’m beginning to think a recently graduated Education major may join the union and retire before he/she ever sets foot in a classroom.

The two female teachers in the photo wearing red shirts do not appear to be at an ideal weight. To put a point on it they appear to be obese.

Perhaps these are stock images from pre Covid era? Maybe these two teachers have exhibited the required discipline and commitment necessary to shed some pounds?

Surely no one that personally irresponsible by choosing to remain in one or more high risk categories for severe Covid outcomes after 18 months would expect anyone else to take them seriously regarding risks from Covid?

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to CommoChief. | August 6, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    It would be interesting to hear them speak. I bet the grammar and inflection are real treats.

    amwick in reply to CommoChief. | August 7, 2021 at 7:41 am

    I was wondering how to mention that those teachers look fat to me.. Like they have been sitting around on their butts… I checked the photo with TinEye and it has not been posted anywhere on the internet, so there is a good chance it is new.

It’s stunning how every one of the Chicago parasites is so fat.

I would never let one of these malignant clowns teach any of my children.

Speaking as someone carrying an extra 12 pounds due to the closing of my health club, I can tell that these people were obese before the shutdown. That fat is more than a year’s bad decisions and inactivity.

Lucifer Morningstar | August 7, 2021 at 11:50 am

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Whatever. Time to inform the union that if the teachers they represent fail to show up for in-person teaching/classes on the announced day then their teaching contract will be terminated and they will lose their jobs, salaries and whatever pension they might have accrued. The only reason the union is pulling this shit is because they know school district is still paying these teachers for doing nothing. So make it personnel. Make these teachers feel the fucking pain that everyone else is feeling that lost their job to the pandemic. Cut their pay. Cut their pensions. Not one more cent for this lunacy from the unions. You don’t want to work? Fine, but you won’t be paid a single cent while you sit on you butts at home pretending to “online teach” (which has been shown to be a failure all around). When these lunatic liberal teachers begin to feel the pain then I guarantee you they’ll show up and teach in person despite what the damn socialist teacher’s union wants.

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