Chicago Teachers Union says outsourcing nurses bad for students

Source: Juan Perez, Chicago Tribune, February 23, 2016

The Chicago Teachers Union wants the district to scrap a multimillion-dollar deal for outsourced school nurses, saying in a newly released report that hiring nonunion nurses puts the system’s 400,000 students at risk. The union-produced report says “privatizing the nursing department will create a health disaster in Chicago,” and calls on Chicago Public Schools to hire a full-time registered nurse for each school, as well as additional support staff. … CPS has turned to private contractors to supply nurses before, but the union report argues the latest deal is intended to “eventually eliminate the union nursing positions” and replace them with temporary staffers who don’t receive employment benefits that include pensions.

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