CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — An overwhelming number of Chicago Teachers Union members on Sunday voted to authorize all rank-and-file educators in Chicago Public Schools to conduct remote work only starting Monday.
With 86% voter participation, 71% of voting members voted to continue working remotely on Monday, the first day the Board of Education requires teachers in kindergarten through eighth grade to appear in person. Students are scheduled to return on Feb. 1.
“We will continue to work remote so we can keep ourselves, our families and our school communities safe. If we are locked out by the mayor and CPS, then the choice to strike is theirs, not ours,” a press CTU press release stated.
CPS officials previously said that if teachers didn’t show up when they were supposed to, they were essentially on strike.
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