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
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.
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