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Chicago Mayor Lightfoot and CPS stroll away from union bargaining desk with no deal in sight

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat, and metropolis public college officers walked away from the negotiating desk as soon as once more Friday amid a standoff over plans to reopen the nation’s third-largest district to in-person studying following coronavirus shutdowns.

The Chicago Academics Union turned down the town’s “final, finest and last” provide Friday afternoon, in search of further concessions from the town, in accordance with union president Jesse Sharkey.

“To say we’re deeply dissatisfied that the mayor has chosen to finish negotiations and as an alternative transfer to lock out educators and shut down faculties reasonably than work out our variations is an understatement,” Sharkey wrote in a press release on the union’s web site after rejecting Lightfoot’s provide.

Lightfoot and Chicago Public Colleges CEO Janice Jackson in a press release Friday afternoon mentioned that they’d not acquired the union’s formal rejection in writing.

“The ball is of their court docket,” they mentioned.

Lightfoot mentioned individually that her plan follows scientific and medical tips beneath the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and the town’s Division of Public Well being.

“We should respect the tens of 1000’s of CPS dad and mom — most of them Black and Latinx — who really feel their kids want in-person instruction,” Lightfoot tweeted Friday. “Our plan, endorsed by main public well being specialists, will get children AND employees again safely.”


She mentioned reopening faculties was “an ethical obligation.”

Chicago's Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a science initiative event at the University of Chicago in July 2020. (Reuters)

Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks throughout a science initiative occasion on the College of Chicago in July 2020. (Reuters) (Reuters)

Chicago Public Colleges have been purported to partially reopen for youngsters between kindergarten and eighth grade Monday – however union leaders have urged lecturers to proceed working remotely till a deal is reached.

Jackson famous Friday that the district spent greater than $100 million on well being precautions and private safety gear, but the union nonetheless refuses to return to work.

“Households wish to come again to high school,” she tweeted. “CDC, CDPH, WHO, Academy of Pediatricians, Dr. Fauci, and different main public well being specialists have already mentioned we are able to reopen faculties with mitigations in place.”


Fox Information’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.


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