Trade unions close the Chicago public schools for fear of omicron and the town hall replica that will discount the salary

One day after the president of the United States, Joe Biden, opposed the colleges of the United States by the new wave of the Covid-19, the teachers of the thir

Trade unions close the Chicago public schools for fear of omicron and the town hall replica that will discount the salary

One day after the president of the United States, Joe Biden, opposed the colleges of the United States by the new wave of the Covid-19, the teachers of the third largest city in the country, Chicago, decided not to go to Work for fear of illness.

The initial plan was to resume from tomorrow the classes in online format. So today, the boys have, literally, vacation. But that does not mean that it is a day to celebrate. In the US 13 million children depend on the school to eat, in many cases because their families do not have resources to pay them at every day. But the reaction of both the City Council and the Parents has been of total rejection of the initiative. And the Union Union Union of Chicago (CTU, according to its acronym in English) has declared that you want to find a solution that is satisfactory to all. The cancellation of the classes was decided on Tuesday at an online vote of its 25,000 affiliates in which 73% vote in favor of not working.

Meanwhile, the 638 Chicago Public Schools have dawned today closed, for the Mayor's Fury, the Democrat Lori Lighfoot, who already warned on Tuesday, as soon as the decision of the union was known, which teachers who are not in their jobs You will see the payment corresponding to each day that are missing. Lighfoot has accused the union of "politicizing" the pandemic, and has affirmed that the decision to suspend classes "has no basis on data, science, or common sense."

These tensions between town halls and teachers' unions are a constant in the United States, especially in large cities. The paradox is given that all the cities of that country are controlled by the Democratic Party, and that teachers' unions are also very close to this political training. But, when it comes to agree, ideological affinities jump through the air. A sum that the unions have a huge control of educational systems and the land is paid for a political struggle without truce.

Now, omicron has raised the tone of the dispute. And it is possible that Chicago is only the first place in which this situation is raised. In many American cities, schools and institutes are considering closing the doors. But it is something complex, among other things because many parents do not have with whom to leave their children, especially in low-income families in which both parents work, often with several simultaneous jobs.

This is added, also at the lowest socioeconomic level, the fact that schools are an important element of fighting against poverty and malnutrition. US Public Schools Eat every day at 29.6 million children. Of these, 20.1 million make it free, and almost two million more at a reduced price of 27 cents for breakfast and 36 by lunch.

Meanwhile, the cancellations of the teaching activity extend in universities. In Washington, where there is a fierce debate between teachers (in favor of closing schools) and parents (against), Georgetown and George Washington universities have postponed face-to-face classes on February 1. The same has been decided on seven campuses of the System of the University of California (which is public that state), as well as at the Universities of Chicago and Harvard, among others.

Updated Date: 06 January 2022, 07:15

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