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An update on -- and a few choice words from -- our President, Karen Lewis


Sisters and Brothers:

I spoke with Karen yesterday, who is in great spirits and advised us that she had planned a medical procedure today in the hospital. We had hoped to wait to make a public statement until we’d had a chance to update our members directly at tonight’s House of Delegates meeting – the last of the school year. 

You should know that Karen is in regular contact with me and the rest of our union colleagues at the CTU, and to be honest, was more interested in directing a message to the CTU members, parents, students and people of this city. Karen said, and I quote – “Tell our delegates let’s get ready to fight!” She said for us to go back to our school communities tomorrow ready to fight for safer, well-resourced and staffed school communities and for a better contract for our members.

As we all know, Karen is a fighter. She is looking forward to the coming rallies, actions and negotiations, and is excited about attending the AFT convention in Pittsburg this summer.

We join the residents of this city in sending her our love and our best wishes.

In solidarity,

CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey

Chicago Teachers Union