Chicago mom threatens sue school union cultivating fear and panic not safe to go back to classrooms


Chicago mom threatens to sue school union for ‘cultivating fear and panic’ by telling striking teachers it’s not safe to go back to classrooms

  • A Chicago mom is threatening to sue the Chicago school union for ‘cultivating fear and panic’ which is preventing teachers returning to the classroom
  • The Chicago Teachers Union represents 28,000 public school educators and has been locked in negotiations with the district for months over gradual reopening 
  • CDC citied evidence that schools aren’t a major source of COVID transmission
  • About one-third of the 67,000 students eligible to return to in-person learning were set to report to class on Monday but in the end were kept at home
  • The teacher’s union wants its members to return to classrooms when all have been vaccinated 

A mother from Chicago is threatening to sue the Chicago school union for ‘cultivating fear and panic’ as teachers appear to headed for strike or lock-out in a dispute as teachers and the union failed to come to an agreement on a novel coronavirus safety plan.

On Monday, the Chicago Public Schools told the parents of 67,000 pre-kindergarten, special education, elementary and middle school students, to keep their children at home after it could not reach an agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). 

Sarah Sachen, a mom of three said she shared the frustration of Mayor Lori Lightfoot over the battle between the two bodies. 

Chicago mom, Sarah Sachen, is threatening to sue the Chicago school union for 'cultivating fear and panic' which is preventing teachers returning to the classroom

Chicago mom, Sarah Sachen, is threatening to sue the Chicago school union for ‘cultivating fear and panic’ which is preventing teachers returning to the classroom

The Chicago Teachers Union represents 28,000 public school educators and has been locked in negotiations with the district for months over gradual reopening

The Chicago Teachers Union represents 28,000 public school educators and has been locked in negotiations with the district for months over gradual reopening

‘I believe that the schools have been open, they’ve been ready, they’ve been receiving students and now they’re closed again for reasons of fear and panic and the CTU has cultivated this fear and panic amongst its members,’ Sachen said to Fox News on Monday.

‘Since when did Chicago become a city that doesn’t believe in science?’ she  said, referring to information from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that suggested schools and in-person learning were not a major source of coronavirus transmission.

In December, Dr. Robert Redfield, who was director of the CDC at the time, stressed his advocacy for in-person learning, citing evidence that schools aren’t a major source of coronavirus transmission. 

Sachen explained how she believed a plan put forward by Chicago Public Schools had been working.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (pictured) has ordered teachers to return to classrooms on Monday but ultimately both teachers and students stayed at home

The CTU, which represents the city’s 28,000 public school educators, has been locked in negotiations with the district for months over a gradual reopening of schools for the system’s 355,000 students. The two sides have been at odds on teachers demands for stronger safety protocols to prevent the spread of the virus in classroom. 

On Monday staff were told to report to their schools or face losing access to remote teaching tools.   

Those who do not report to work – and I hate to even go there – but we are going to have to take action. Let’s avoid that,’ Lightfoot said during a news conference Sunday night. ‘Let’s avoid it in the first instance by getting a deal done … and that’s the message I gave to CTU President Jesse Sharkey.’ 

The union, in an email to its rank-and-file last week, threatened it would order its second strike in less than two years ‘if CPS retaliates against members for exercising their right to a safe workplace.’ 

Chicago Teacher's Union said it has voted to strike if teachers are locked out of remote learning tools. Pictured is the union's strike action from 2019

Chicago Teacher’s Union said it has voted to strike if teachers are locked out of remote learning tools. Pictured is the union’s strike action from 2019 

 65,000 K-8 students were initially supposed to be their classrooms on Monday, but a vote by the union instructed its members to continue teaching remotely instead. 

Last week, the union threatened to order a second strike in less than two years ‘if CPS retaliates against members for exercising their right to a safe workplace.’ 

Sachen said parents are afraid to speak out because of potential pressure from the union.

‘There is social media backlash from the public and union representatives when parents speak out,’ she said, noting that parents who voice the need to get children back into classrooms are ‘bullied’ and ‘our businesses and places of work are contacted.’

‘I will continue to speak out because I am not afraid to advocate for my child’s education,’ Sachen went on to state. 





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