Rank-and-file Chicago teachers to vote on tentative COVID-19 reopening plan
February 10, 2021
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The governing body of the Chicago Teachers Union agreed on Monday to allow its 28,000 rank-and-file members to vote on a tentative deal with the third-largest U.S. school district to gradually reopen classrooms amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the union’s 600-member House of Delegates also overwhelmingly passed a resolution of “no confidence” against Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago School District leaders with whom the teachers have clashed over coronavirus safety, the union announced on Twitter.
The union-wide vote was expected to begin on Tuesday. If ratified, a “framework” reopening plan announced by the mayor on Sunday after months of talks would begin phasing in a return to classroom instruction for 67,000 of the district’s 355,000 students on Thursday.