Veteran CPS teacher dies from COVID-19

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union says Chicago Public Schools ignored attempts to bargain about safety conditions over the weekend.

CTU is demanding CPS come to the table, calling conditions in some buildings deplorable.

On Friday, an independent arbitrator ruled the district violated its contract by making employees, such a clerks, work in schools that may not have been safe.

The arbitrator told CPS to allow employees to work remotely when possible, and gave both sides two days to agree on how to move forward.

The union argued staff need more PPE. It says most buildings don’t have central HVAC and air purification systems.

The Chicago Teachers Union also points to the recent COVID-19 death of a first grade teacher at Funston Elementary.

Olga Quiroga died Saturday morning after a three-week battle with the virus. She was a bilingual teacher, marking 30 years working at CPS.

CPS says one person made direct contact with her at Funston, and was quarantined.

Support will be available starting Monday for any students who need it.

“Listen, we lost a member over the weekend, unfortunately. Her position will be posted shortly. That’s real life. This is real,” said Christel Williams Hayes, CTU secretary.

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