CHICAGO – The Chicago Teachers’ Union is offering vaccinations to its members and others before the mayor’s deadline to get vaccinated or apply for the weekly Covid-19 test.
The union’s position is in stark contrast to that of the Sister Police Department, which opposes the post of Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Not only is CTU pressing its members to get vaccinated, but any city worker can come to union headquarters for a vaccine.
CTU said almost 90% of its members are vaccinated.
Since the start of the pandemic, CTU has been pushing for a vaccination program implemented by the CPS.
The union said it believes the fastest way out of the pandemic is to get vaccinated.
A deadline was set on Friday for the vaccination of city workers, but that has changed, now that city workers will go on unpaid leave if they do not present proof of vaccination or do not accept the weekly test.
“It’s a clear and present danger and that’s how we should treat it,” Sharkey said. “I think there’s a right-wing pandering that I disagree with, and I don’t think people who run public sector workers should play with it.