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Fighting for Fair Contracts

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We demand the schools that Chicago students deserve.

CTU is fighting for fair pay and benefits (including health care), full staffing in our schools, smaller class sizes and justice for students and families. Get updates and resources for our contract fights here.

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A troubling year of failure to protect and serve students

New mayor controlled board must respect community concerns over misguided school policing practices, invest instead in trauma supports and restorative justice, end criminalization of students. CHICAGO—Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey issued the following...

CTU to CPS: Clock is ticking. Time to start bargaining in earnest

4PM TODAY, Thurs., June 13: press conference CTU Center, 1901 W. Carroll Ave., Chicago CPS reverses position, agrees to bargain today, as contract expiration date looms. CTU bargaining team will hold press conference at 4PM today as both teams bargain. CHICAGO—In a...

My Union

Caring, united, democratic: CTU is more than 25,000 teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians acting as one. Learn about fellow members. Ensure that union staff can keep you in the loop. Participate in our democracy.

My Rights

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

My Movement

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.

Educators of Chicago

No educator’s impact can ever be fully measured, which is why your daily struggles and victories deserve to be told. In the Chicago Teachers Union, we celebrate one another.

Your Union is Here to Help

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

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Fighting for Fair Contracts

We’re continuing to bargain contracts with charter operators at CTU’s unionized charter schools — and for more than 25,000 CTU educators at district-run schools, where our contract expires after this school year. Our unity, our strength and our power must be organized and deployed to win good pay and good conditions for teaching and learning in the Chicago Public Schools.

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The Schools Chicago’s Students Deserve 2.0

This 2018 update to CTU’s 2012 report, The Schools Chicago’s Students Deserve provides a counter-narrative to the corporate agenda on education. SCSD 2.0 highlights the many racist inequities that have continued, or in some cases worsened, since 2012. CTU has a track record of fighting for reforms to change these realities, which is why Chicagoans continue to trust the CTU more than the Board of Education, more than Mayor Emanuel and more than any “reformer” backed by billionaires and corporate foundations.