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Chicago Teachers’ Union Votes to Strike, Cancels In-Person Classes



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Chicago students will not be able to go to school beginning Wednesday, after its Teachers’ Union (CTU) voted Tuesday to strike against in-person learning. Of the 22,000 members, 73 percent vot4ed in favor to take a “remote work action” until the Omicron spike dwindles.

The powerful Union was no match for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot who begged the teachers to delay the vote, and instead, come to the “bargaining table.” Lightfoot wanted the city to be able to present its “updated plan” for safely returning to schools.

“We should not allow the CTU to shut down an entire school system, and for what? We don’t know how long the CTU will stretch its work stoppage” said Lightfoot. The Union denied her request outright.

CTU demands returning to work with the Covid-19 Omicron variant is irresponsible and puts students and teachers at risk. Lightfoot, however, said if teachers walk out on Wednesday, it will constitute an “illegal” collective action. She threatened those who do so will but put on no-pay status.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez backed up Lightfoot saying it would cause classes to be canceled altogether because the district does not have the authority to go remote. Only the state’s governor has that authority.

On Monday, Lightfoot said in a statement “What we have learned from this pandemic is that schools are the safest place for students to be: we have spent over a $100 million to put mitigations in place, most CPS staff members are vaccinated, and we generally see little transmission in school settings.”

“Keeping kids safely in school where they can learn and thrive is what we should all be focused on” the Mayor added. Martinez sent an email to the community Sunday in which he wrote he stands “firmly behind the decision to protect our student’s physical and mental health and promote their academic progress by keeping CPS schools safely open for in-person learning.”

“The amount of noise that is out there right now, the amount of misinformation, we have so many people that are afraid, from parents to my staff, because of the misinformation and I again, I continue to plead, let’s listen to our medical professionals,” added Martinez.

National Review reports “Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady reiterated that the virus poses minimal risk to children and therefore a reversion to school closure is unreasonable, especially given that the district plans to expand its testing regime.

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  1. Dagney Taggert

    January 5, 2022 at 5:19 pm


  2. Robert Grossman

    January 5, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    End the gravy train. Teachers go on strike so none of this strike time should count toward pensions. No work, no pay!

  3. Sad4theUS

    January 5, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    They can go ahead and go on strike but withhold their pay for all the time they’re out and refuse to teach! They’ll change their minds real quick, no letting them go on vacations and do whatever they want and continue to get paid… no work, no pay, and that’s how it should be!

  4. Juan

    January 5, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    They should be fired. but of course they won’t. Look for more backfire due to democrat policies. Lightfoot coddled the union, as has biden and the rest of the democratic supported unions and now its payback time. in the meantime kids suffer.

  5. Juan

    January 5, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    I guess my comment on firing these teachers hit a nerve with google. my message is “awaiting moderation” mmmm Reagan did it wth the air controllers but there is no willpower today

  6. Keith Allen Breedlove

    January 5, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Mayor Lightweight ought to emulate Pres. Reagan with the air traffic controllers and fire all the ones who do not show up to teach on Monday.

  7. G

    January 6, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    Chicago is 100% big dem union city. The teachers all know they will get 100% of the back pay, they always do. So hold out and keep the kids in the same grade for another year, no one graduates this year. Then the union comes back to the table this summer, gets all their backpay and all the students get to repeat the grade.

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Huge protests erupt in China in defiance of the Chinese Communist Party’s Covid-19 lockdowns



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Much of the world is getting on with life and attempting to recover any of the horrendous damage caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has just imposed even more Covid-19 lockdowns sparking unrest.

Chinese citizens are banning together to protest yet another round of strict covid protocols and lockdowns suffocating their freedom.

In Shanghai, citizens chanted against President Xi Jinping’s rule, according to CNN. Chants “Xi Jinping, step down” and “Communist party, step down” were chanted. Some protesters held up blank sheets of paper to symbolize resistance against the Chinese government.

One social media user explained the black sheets of paper: “We don’t need to write anything on it. It is a symbol of the revolution of the people.”

An apartment fire in Urumqi, the capital of the far western region of Xinjiang, killed ten people and injured nine last week. The incident triggered “the most recent wave of unrest” because “it was believed that the mobility restrictions in the area either trapped the residents or slowed the dispatch of emergency services” reports National Review.

Various universities including in Shanghai, Beijing, and Nanjing, saw huge crowds of students who honored the victims and denounced China’s zero-Covid-19 policy and strict control measures.



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