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‘Karen did not just lead our movement. Karen was our movement.’

Karen Lewis applauds during the May 23, 2012 Auditorium Theater Rally

copyright 2012 Chicago Teachers Union, credit: Powell Photography

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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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Caring, democratic, united: CTU is more than 25,000 teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians acting as one. Learn about Union membership, read the latest Union news, access professional development opportunities and make sure you’re in the loop for Union communication.

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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. Learn about Union membership, read the latest Union news, access professional development opportunities and make sure you’re in the loop for Union communication.

Legislative Update for Spring Session 2021

The Illinois General Assembly has started its spring legislative session, and CTU is there advocating for what our schools need. Our goal is to build on our recent victories and to pass legislation that makes concrete improvements in school governance and oversight and that allows us to be more effective in our work.

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CTU to Passages Charter management: put enforceable safety standards in writing

In dangerous reversal, Asian Human Services breaks promise to guarantee protections for students, vulnerable family members, educators. 7:30 a.m. Friday, March 5: Press conference, Passages’ educators on bargaining with Asian Human Services management. Event will be livestreamed to CTU Facebook page. CHICAGO, March 4, 2021 — Rank and file CTU educators at Passages Charter School […]

Passages Charter rejects enforceable safety guarantees, threatens to lock out educators

Rank and file CTU educators consider next steps — including possible job action — to press Asian Human Services management to reverse course and guarantee protections for students, vulnerable family members, educators. CHICAGO, March 4, 2021 — Educators and their unions across the nation are working tirelessly to land comprehensive, enforceable safety standards with school […]

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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.