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Read your contract and get guidance on common concerns here.

Our contract and our unity protect our members and the students we serve in every school. Learn how to stand up for your rights, get help from CTU staff when you need it, and stand with fellow CTU members.

My Movement

Take action in the legislature, join citywide campaigns and learn how best to empower your LSC, PPC or PPLC here.

Along with parents, students and community, we advocate for the schools – and the city – that our students deserve. Learning, working and living conditions are not separate. Together, our Union wages a comprehensive fight for the soul of public education.

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Learn about the internal activities and resources of our Union here — such as our democratic bodies, our publications, discounts and professional development offerings.

Caring, democratic, united: CTU is more than 25,000 teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians acting as one.

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My Rights

Read your contract and get guidance on common concerns here.

Our contract and our unity protect our members and the students we serve in every school. Learn how to stand up for your rights, get help from CTU staff when you need it, and stand with fellow CTU members.

My Movement

Take action in the legislature, join citywide campaigns and learn how best to empower your LSC, PPC or PPLC here.

Along with parents, students and community, we advocate for the schools – and the city – that our students deserve. Learning, working and living conditions are not separate. Together, our Union wages a comprehensive fight for the soul of public education.

My Union

Learn about the internal activities and resources of our Union here — such as our democratic bodies, our publications, discounts and professional development offerings.

Caring, democratic, united: CTU is more than 25,000 teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians acting as one.

Thankful for the strength and wisdom of solidarity

A Thanksgiving message from CTU President Jesse Sharkey to rank and file CTU and CTU-ACTS members: The holidays are typically a time for reflection and a time to express our thanks and contemplate our vision for the new year. I’m feeling especially thankful this year... read more

Nothing is more important than the trust and safety of our children

A message from CTU President Jesse Sharkey to CTU rank and file members: I received a phone call at 7 a.m. today from CPS CEO Pedro Martinez about the pending release of a deeply disturbing report of grooming, sexual abuse and cover up at Marine Leadership Academy. As we said in a statement this morning: […]

Today we celebrate our PSRPs, the beloved backbone of our schools

love your PSRPs today. Give them their flowers and their tribute while they are still here with us, with a bouquet, a special meal or gift, or simple acknowledgement of the tremendous difference they make in our lives.

Educators demand relief from mayor’s handpicked ed board as CPS starves schools of staff, supports

Mayor’s CPS team promised to move $535 million out of $2.6 billion in COVID relief to schools, but students see no resources or relief on the ground as COVID rates tick back up. 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17: Press conference on chronic lack of cleanliness, staffing, supports. CPS headquarters, 42 W. Madison. B-roll visuals will […]

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Caring, united, democratic: CTU is more than 25,000 teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians acting as one.

CTU Speaks! Podcast

Our podcast, CTU Speaks! is hosted by Andrea Parker and Jim Staros. We’ll chat about our union, enforcing our contract, and our fight for the schools our students and educators deserve.

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Same Storm, Different Boats: The Safe and Equitable Conditions For Reopening CPS in 2020-21

Parents, students, and teachers want to go back to school in person and want to do so safely. Will that be possible in September? Is there a number of educator or student deaths that we are willing to accept in order to have in-person school? Are CPS, the city, and the state willing to spend the money to make school reopening safe?

These questions are of particular concern in Chicago, where 84% of students and 50% of staff are Black, Latinx, multi-racial, or Native American. 1 The consequences of racist health care, discriminatory housing, and employment practices are that these students, educators, and their families are at greater risk of contracting and becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.

Also, a large percentage of staff are at increased risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19 due to their age and/or underlying health conditions. Half of CTU’s membership live in the Chicago zip codes with the highest rates of COVID-19, totaling well over 35,000 positive cases.