Other Unions Plan to Stay in Schools if Teachers Strike

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Friday, September 7, 2012

If teachers strike, Chicago Public Schools officials will rely on other unionized school employees to keep an eye on students who come to school buildings kept open around the city, according to briefings given to aldermen Wednesday that revealed additional details of the district’s strike contingency plan.

The 5,500 members of Service Employees International Union Local 73 who work in Chicago public schools as custodians, security guards, special education classroom assistants and bus aides all intend to report for work Monday if teachers strike, according to union secretary-treasurer Matt Brandon.

“We reached a contractual agreement with CPS, and our position is we will honor that agreement,” Brandon said. “We have had that conversation with (the Chicago Teachers Union), and they fully understand.”

Principals and assistant principals would also staff 144 schools around the city that would be opened for students if teachers strike. A list of schools was not released, but according to the overview given aldermen the schools will all be large and air-conditioned buildings with indoor and outdoor facilities.

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