Staff on the Metropolis Faculties of Chicago have overwhelmingly endorsed a no-confidence vote within the administration, union leaders mentioned Monday.
However the unions, which signify about 2,400 staff on the metropolis’s seven Metropolis Faculties, don’t have any timeline for a potential strike vote, saying they are going to wish to see how the administration responds.
Staff mentioned the campuses lack fundamental protections towards the coronavirus, together with ample plexiglass obstacles, social distancing markings and masks. Though lessons aren’t set to start till Aug. 24 — and most are being taught on-line within the fall — some staff not too long ago returned to work, together with scholar advisers. The unions say the work may be performed simply as effectively remotely.
“Sadly, [Chancellor] Juan Salgado and his administration have decided that we’re expendable, in addition to college students and group members; nevertheless, we are going to proceed to battle, to make use of all instruments at our disposal in order that our schools are protected,” mentioned Tony Johnston, president of Prepare dinner County Faculty Academics Union.
About 1,500 staff took half in final week’s vote, with 96 p.c endorsing the no-confidence stance, Johnston mentioned.
“That is an unprecedented time, and we share our unions’ considerations for the well being and security of our employees, college, college students, and group,” mentioned Katheryn Hayes, a spokeswoman for the universities. “Metropolis Faculties’ reopening plan has been reviewed by specialists from the Chicago Division of Public Well being, and follows the requirements and suggestions of the Illinois and Chicago departments of public well being, the Illinois Board of Increased Training, the Illinois Group Faculty Board and the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. Our faculty presidents are dedicated to making sure compliance with the plans.”