Save Our Clerks

As we approach the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is urging people across the city to work remotely and avoid all but essential outside activities. 

Yet the mayor is still forcing our school clerks, clerk assistants and technology coordinators to work in unsafe buildings, even after a legally binding decision by an arbitrator has ruled that they can work from home like they did last spring.

That's a double standard that makes no sense.

Clerks are the lifelines of school communities. These are the women who voted out Donald Trump and saved our democracy. Veteran educators who are the heads of their households, and who often sustain other households. Mothers, grandmothers, guardians and aunts.

Again, an independent arbitrator has issued a legally binding decision: CPS school clerks, clerk assistants and tech coordinators have the right to work remotely, and that the current conditions in schools are unsafe.

As they rightfully choose their own health and safety, and the health and safety of their families and colleagues by working remotely, CPS illegally threatened to discipline them by docking pay or even firing. 

Our clerks are mostly Black and Brown women from Roseland, Austin, Gage Park, Englewood, Little Village and neighborhoods ravaged by COVID-19. They successfully worked from home for months before the mayor and her handpicked Board of Ed took up this reckless policy.

Now the mayor hopes to force them into the false choice of salary or safety.  
These courageous workers need to know that, if Mayor Lightfoot and her handpicked Board of Ed try to go through with their threats, they can count on help with groceries, rent and mortgage, and child care while we continue to fight.

An injury to one is an injury to all, and our union will be there to help them through this difficult time.


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