City Colleges of Chicago employees threaten strike over in-person learning plans, unemployment claim challenges

Adjunct faculty members also say they are being investigated by IDES over unemployment claim challenges

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team via WLS logo
Thursday, August 6, 2020
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City Colleges of Chicago staff and faculty are expected to announce Thursday that they are willing to go on strike over plans to return for in-person learning.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- City Colleges of Chicago staff and faculty are expected to announce Thursday that they are willing to go on strike over plans to return for in-person learning.

They say they are demanding safe working conditions and are calling on the board of trustees to keep employees working remotely until a safe plan is in place.

The Illinois Federation of Teachers says the colleges are not prepared for employees or the public to return safely, "especially with COVID-19 cases on the rise in Chicago."

Other adjunct faculty members are also calling on City Colleges to stop challenging workers' unemployment claims during the pandemic.

They claim a dozen workers received notices that their claims are being investigated by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.