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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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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.

REACH grievance deadline approaching on May 26

If you are a member who received a REACH Summative Rating for 2019-2020 school year, the deadline for filing a grievance is approaching. Remember, grievances are related to procedural errors that you believe may have impacted your ratings. Please submit your grievance... read more

A message to CTU members for Teacher Appreciation Week

Dear Sisters and Brothers: Last March, COVID-19 threw the world and our profession into a tailspin. When the pandemic forced schools to shut down abruptly, you adapted your lessons for remote learning and found new ways to engage your students online with little support or development from the district. You pivoted sharply and remade school […]

CPS is failing to live up to our agreement in two key areas

The extraordinary fight that we waged with CPS during the last few months secured agreements for the safe reopening of school buildings (full details at ctulocal1.org/safety). Now, CPS is trying to wriggle out of key aspects of those agreements. We need to step up our efforts to enforce the agreement in these two areas. If […]
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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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.