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About Us

The Chicago Teachers Union is an organization of educators dedicated to advancing and promoting quality public education, improving teaching and learning conditions, and protecting members’ rights.

Our History

For more than 75 years the Chicago Teachers Union has fought for the schools Chicago’s students deserve. The CTU represents more than 25,000 teachers, paraprofessional and school-related personnel, and school clinicians working in the Chicago Public Schools and, by extension, the students and families they serve.

Our Mission

We, teachers, and other educational personnel in the Chicago Public Schools, being members of the Chicago Teachers Union, do hereby declare this Union to have the following purposes:


to protect and improve the services of the public schools as a social agency for developing the capacities of the young and promoting adult education;


to promote and guarantee efficient and faithful service from us to the public and to insure to us in return for that service a fair reward and a just security;


in accordance with the Agreement between the Board of Education of the City of Chicago and Chicago Teachers Union, to assert, secure, and protect the inherent and fundamental equity in our jobs;


as the sole collective bargaining agent for members of the bargaining unit, to establish and maintain orderly and practicable democratic processes in the management of the Chicago public schools, in accordance with the terms of the Agreement;


to maintain a relationship of mutual assistance and cooperation with organized labor;


to unify the educators of traditional public schools and public charter schools in the City of Chicago, together with other Chicago-area educators that may join with this Union.


to promote racial, economic and social justice in order to achieve educational justice and build community and labor coalitions to achieve that objective. 

Executive Board

The Executive Board of the Chicago Teachers Union is comprised of the elected officers, committee chairs, appointed members and union staff. The “E Board” directs the work of the officers, sets the agenda for the House of Delegates, and makes decisions in emergencies.