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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.

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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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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.

Important victory at Acero

Sisters and Brothers: An outpouring of rank-and-file support for common sense safety provisions empowered CTU’s bargaining team at Acero charter school to win some critical safety demands that will protect both high school and elementary educators. CTU members... read more

Mayor Lightfoot’s appointed Board of Ed rejects ending racist school policies

The mayor’s handpicked school board refuses to address or remedy persistent discriminatory policies that target Black and Brown schools and educators for layoffs, closures and termination. CHICAGO, April 8, 2021—A federal judge has set a date of June 8 for a settlement conference between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools in the Union’s […]

The safety of students and school communities is our utmost concern

If CPS and the mayor want to continue increasing the number of students in school buildings, they must have a centralized plan to vaccinate students aged 16 and older, and help their family members secure access to vaccinations as well.
Karen Lewis applauds during the May 23, 2012 Auditorium Theater Rally

copyright 2012 Chicago Teachers Union, credit: Powell Photography

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

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Learn more about how CTU is working with Chicago Public Schools to make sure our schools are safe and secure. Learn more and take action to demand emergency response from CPS and the mayor.

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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.