Chicago teacher unions threatened an all-out strike if Mayor Lori Lightfoot insists that public school teachers resume teaching in person. Teachers are taking away the chance for thousands of children and teens to reconnect after a year of closures by prioritizing their political struggle and special interests.
The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is ready to strike, following an order from Lightfoot urging teachers to return to in-person learning in their classrooms, Breitbart reported.
Unions and government authorities have yet to agree on starting face-to-face classes after nearly a year of being virtually shut down. In response to Lightfoot’s statement that classes should begin, the unions threatened an all-out strike, including a refusal to provide virtual classes.
According to the report, elementary and high school teachers were ordered to report to schools on Monday to teach their students remotely while negotiations continue. Should they refuse to report to work, Chicago Public Schools will prevent them from teaching remotely, and their pay will be docked.
“Following the news, the teachers’ union voted to strike in case its members are excluded or penalized,” the Times reported.
The union-backed teachers are using their safety concerns due to the CCP Virus pandemic as an argument to refuse to teach inside school buildings, preventing nearly 400,000 children and young people from accessing education and interacting with their peers.
At the same time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director, Rochelle Walensky, said on Friday that there are no scientific arguments to keep educational institutions closed and cited new studies to support this.
“The CDC continues to recommend that K-12 schools be the last place to close and the first to reopen,” Walensky said at a press conference.
Walensky went on to say that the data they are working on was collected from operating schools, summer camps, and other venues where children and adolescents participated. The data shows not only do they have decreased rates of symptoms, but transmissibility rates are low.
During the Trump administration, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, as early as November 2020, assured that schools during the CCP Virus pandemic should remain open because they are “the safest place for children from a variety of aspects.”
This position was advocated by former President Trump, which the left and Democrats, advocates of endless quarantines, have been trying to boycott since the beginning of the pandemic.
Redfield aimed at those who advocate school closures based on “emotional issues” or political interests, but not from a scientific basis or hard data.
“I’m here to say clearly that the data strongly supports that K-12 (elementary school students), as well as institutions of higher education, is really not where we’re having our problems,” he said.
So, there is ample argument to be made that in Chicago, children are seeing both their education and their social relationships, fundamental to their development as people and future workers in the United States, suffer.