Parents suing Chicago Teachers Union over COVID-19 strike

(The Center Square) – Parents of Chicago school students are suing the Chicago Teachers Union seeking damages over a teachers strike during COVID-19 that kept children out of school longer.

The lawsuits, filed by attorneys Patrick Hughes and Daniel Suhr from Hughes and Suhr LLC, stem from a strike that took place in January 2022. The attorneys said the strikes forced Chicago parents to face unexpected childcare costs, take unpaid leave from work and cope with additional financial strains.

John Kugler is a former employee of the Chicago Teachers Union and said he was there to help prepare the January 2022 strike.

“The 2022 COVID strike was more about the union election than it was about COVID. Remember, there was also a mayoral election and the strike was used to see what the strength of Stacy Davis Gates would be” in a match up against Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Kugler said.

The CTU ultimately
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