We are intimately aware that members of the Chicago Teachers Union have worked without a contract since June 30th, 2019 and that contract negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and leadership of the Chicago Public Schools have been slow moving. As of October 2nd, 2019, 94% of the members of the CTU approved a strike authorization and no contract has been reached. We are hopeful that all parties will exercise the full extent of their resources to ensure that there is no disruption to the educational experiences of our youth and families.
We, community, parent, and neighborhood groups throughout the southwest side of Chicago, support the CTU’s demands for lower classroom sizes; a nurse, librarian and caseworker in every school; social workers, counselors and other clinicians at professionally recommended staffing levels; sanctuary protections for students and families; creation of 75 sustainable community schools; and a fair raise for educators and paraprofessionals, who are some of the lowest paid staff in our school district. We also support SEIU’s contract proposals for higher pay, better working conditions and work schedules, and an end to the privatization of engineers.
We pledge to stand in solidarity with members of CTU and SEIU by suspending all programming housed in CPS schools until a contract is reached.