Chicago Teachers Union blocks traffic around city hall to protest lockout

The caravan came as an ongoing standoff between CTU and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot over 코로나 바이러스 감염증 -19 : 코로나 19 protocols stretched into its second week.

Students at the Mt. Greenwood Elementary School in Chicago depart after a full day of classes Monday, 1 월. 10, 2022.

Students at the Mt. Greenwood Elementary School in Chicago depart after a full day of classes Monday, 1 월. 10, 2022. (AP 사진/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Just two days after students returned to school from winter break, CTU voted to return to remote instruction on its own and most union members stayed out of schools, saying they would return when there’s a deal or when the latest surge of COVID-19 infections subsides.

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CTU said on Sunday that it wouldsend a message the mayor can’t ignoreif teachers were locked out again Monday.

“[W]e will use our lunch and prep time to have car caravans convening across the city,” CTU said in a 보도 자료. “We converge on City Hall so the mayor and all of Chicago knows that our pursuit of safety continues.

Footage of the caravan shared on Twitter shows a line of cars congesting a street in downtown Chicago Monday afternoon. A cacophony of horns can be heard as the cars inch down the street.

Madeleine Dupree, who shared the video, wrote in a follow-up post that the caravan had remained for at least two hours.

“[티]his union shows UP for our students, our community + 서로,” 그녀가 적었다.

Classes for hundreds of thousands of students were canceled for a fourth day after CTU and district representatives spent the weekend negotiating but failed to agree on the terms of teachers returning to the classroom.

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CTU President Jesse Sharkey said union and district representatives negotiated until 10 오후. Sunday butremain apart on a number of key featuresthat teachers want before returning to classrooms, including a testing program and triggers to close a school for in-person instruction due to an outbreak.

Sharkey accused Mayor Lori Lightfoot of refusing to compromise on teachersmain priorities and said union leadership can’t go back to members with what the mayor’s team has offered so far.

Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey speaks ahead of a car caravan where teachers and supporters gathered to demand a safe and equitable return to in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic in Chicago, Illinois on Dec. 12, 2020.

Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey speaks ahead of a car caravan where teachers and supporters gathered to demand a safe and equitable return to in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic in Chicago, Illinois on Dec. 12, 2020. (Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The mayor is being relentless but she’s being relentlessly stupid, she’s being relentlessly stubborn,” he said during a Monday news conference. “She’s relentlessly refusing to seek accommodation and we’re trying to find a way to get people back in school.

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Lightfoot on Sunday accused teachers of abandoning their students by refusing to teach in-person.

The union wants the option to revert to remote instruction across the 350,000-student district, and most members have refused to teach in-person until there’s an agreement, or the latest COVID-19 spike subsides. But Chicago leaders reject districtwide remote learning, saying it’s detrimental to students and that schools are safe. 대신, Chicago opted to cancel classes just two days after students returned from winter break.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

The tone of Lightfoot and CPS Chief Executive Officer Pedro Martinez’s Sunday evening statement suggested more progress than on Saturday when, shortly after the union made its latest offer public, 그들은 말했다, “CTU leadership, you’re not listeningand vowed not torelent.The offer she rejected included teachers reporting to schools Monday to distribute laptops for remote learning to temporarily start Wednesday.

Union leaders have accused Lightfoot of bullying, saying that while in-person instruction is better, the pandemic has forced difficult decisions.

The mayor’s saying she’s going to be relentless in prosecuting a case, but the mayor’s not a prosecutor and I’m not a criminal being prosecuted,” Sharkey said. “Our members are not people who have done anything wrong.

Since the start of the academic year, some individual classrooms have temporarily switched to remote instruction when there are infections. But in rejecting a widescale return to remote learning, city health officials argue that most students directed to quarantine because of possible classroom exposure don’t get COVID-19. The district is piloting atest to stayprogram to cut isolation times.

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