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Dec
9
Sun
Rally to Win Acero Strike
Dec 9 @ 1:00 pm
Rally to Win Acero Strike

(Español abajo)

CTU teachers, paraprofessionals and support staff at 15 charter schools run by the Acero charter network formerly known as UNO are in the midst of their historic strike—the first against a charter operator in U.S. history.

Our demands are simple:

· Smaller class sizes
· Increased special education funding
· More autonomy over curriculum and grading
· Equal pay for equal work
· Additional resources for classrooms and students
· Sanctuary schools for our overwhelmingly Latinx student population
· Better compensation and treatment of paraprofessionals

We’re inviting families, students, all CTU district and ACTS members, and labor and community allies to show up, support Acero strikers and show that the whole community and family of labor is in solidarity to win for the students, teachers and support staff throughout the network!

ESPAÑOL

Los miembros de CTU en 15 escuelas charter UNO/Acero en Chicago están en huelga, la primera huelga de un operador de escuelas charter en la historia de los Estados Unidos.

Nuestras demandas son simples:
· Clases más pequeñas
· Aumento de fondos para educación especial
· Autonomía adicional sobre el curriculum y la calificación
· Salario igual para trabajos iguales
· Recursos adicionales para aulas y alumnos
· Escuelas Santuario para nuestra población mayoritaria de estudiantes latinx
· Mejor compensación y trato de los paraprofesionales

Venga para mostrar que la comunidad entera y la familia laboral están en solidaridad para ganar por los estudiantes, maestros y personal de apoyo por todas partes de la red Acero.

Feb
9
Sat
Rally to Win the CICS Strike @ Chicago Teachers Union Center
Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Photo of three cute young, African-American children with their grandma holding signs saying “Students and teachers have already sacrificed too much” in front of a boisterous picket line of teachers.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, teachers, paraprofessionals and staff from four Chicago International Charter School (CICS) campuses went on strike to improve learning conditions in their schools by lowering class sizes, protecting student counseling and special education services, and winning equal pay for equal work. Meanwhile, millions of dollars have been withheld from CICS classrooms to pay for insider investments, executive salaries, skyrocketing management fees and to protect a corporate surplus of $36 million.

Chicago Teachers Union members at CICS schools demand that the tens of millions of dollars the company holds in reserve be used to hire more staff, reduce class sizes, extend maternity leave and pay a decent wage. CICS has the ability to settle this contract but refuses to do so, so we are keeping the pressure on.

On Feb. 9, we invite families, students, all CTU district and charter members, and labor and community allies to come out and show their support for CICS strikers. Stand in solidarity with families, teachers and support staff throughout the network. Join us!

Mar
7
Thu
Delegates, Building Reps and School Leaders Conference @ Chicago Teachers Union Center
Mar 7 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

STRIKE READY: Organizing to win for our students and our schools!

Photo of Barbara Madeloni

The Thursday conference will hear from former Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni, who began this school year in the newly minted position of Education Coordinator for Labor Notes.

This weekday training is open to all. However, delegates are especially encouraged to pool their contractually established delegate preps for release with pay on this date. If you do not pool your preps, you must take a PB day or an 0 day to be released. You must register before February 22, 2019, in order to pool your preps. If you have any questions, please call April Stigger at (312) 329-6259.

Schedule

8:00 a.m.– 9:00 a.m.Greeting/ Registration
9:00 a.m.– 10:00 a.m.Opening Plenary with Special Guests
10:00 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.Common Workshop
11:30 a.m.– 12:15 p.m.Lunch
12:30 p.m.– 1:45 p.m.1st Choice Workshop
2:00 p.m.– 3:15 p.m.2nd Choice Workshop

Afternoon Workshop Offerings

Click the arrow at right for descriptions. A note in the title indicates whether the workshop is designed for educators in district-run schools, charter schools or both.

New Delegates Expanded Session (12:30 – 3:15)

The New Delegates Workshop will span both workshop time slots, so if this workshop is for you, you won’t attend another afternoon workshop.

New Delegates Training (district & charter)

Sometimes you have to be contractual tactician, sometimes you’re a shepherd and other times you’re the village healer. Learn the tools you will need to know to organize your building, support your colleagues and enforce your rights. Topics will range from PPC/PSC, grievance process, due process and creating a school of engaged union members.

Restorative Practice Within Schools (district & charter)

This workshop highlights a method of giving students, teachers, and the community a voice in a unique kind of problem solving – one that emphasizes healing and restoration over traditional harsh punishment. Restorative practices are drawn from long-standing models from aboriginal, indigenous, and first nations peoples around the world. Workshop participants will learn how restorative practices in schools represent a new alternative to traditional discipline, and promote accountability dialogue and respect among students and teachers. This is a hands-on workshop that will teach participants how the use of restorative practices, drawn from traditions in the global south, can help ensure that all voices are heard in a respectful and attentive way, and that the learning atmosphere becomes a rich source of information, identify and interaction. We will also discuss how we can win implementation of effective restorative justice practices in all our schools.

Offerings in First Workshop Time Slot (12:30 – 1:45)

Model Schedule, Flex and Assessment Voting (district)

Members will learn the proper procedures for conducting successful votes on model schedule, flex days, the waiver process and testing–and how to make the right choices based on their school. Included are ideas of how members can prepare now for the vote on non-mandated assessments in order to take control of that process away from principals and network chiefs.

The General Education Teacher’s Guide to Special Ed (district & charter)

This workshop will provide the basic information needed in order for you to determine if a student needs Special Ed services and the process to get them evaluated. The workshop will help you evaluate your school’s special education program and what we can do together to win proper resources and staffing for all special ed students.

Grievance as an Organizing Tool (district & charter)

Learn to distinguish between an issue relevant to only one member and one that can galvanize multiple members. The workshop will identify the need for grievances, but also recognizes the limitations of grievances alone, due to the time it takes and the power it puts in the hands of management. You will learn how to apply the mantra of “an injury to one is an injury to all”. The issues in a grievance can be used to mobilize members at a school to take action to pressure the principal to obey the contract.

City Runoff Elections: Three Weeks to Shape Four Years (district & charter)

Chicago’s first round of municipal elections are over. The run-offs loom ahead. Join us to talk about the results of the first round of elections, how to be involved in the second round, and how our contract campaign informs our political and legislative strategy.

Developing Effective PPLCs (district)

Come and learn about what PPLCs are and how to use them as a powerful tool to empower members, advocate for students, and build alliances with parents and community members on your local school council. This workshop will cover what PPLCs are, how to start one, and best practices in running an effective PPLC.

Winning a Strike (district & charter)

Winning a strike requires the highest level of member organization and activity. The role of strike captains can be a critical tool for motivating, directing, supporting, and assessing member activity on the lines and in the streets.

Reimagining Our HOD Format (district & charter)

This workshop for CTU delegates will gather feedback and recommendations on optimizing our House of Delegates meetings (within constitutional parameters).

Winning More Social Workers, Nurses, Librarians, and Other Clinicians (district & charter)

UTLA just won a successful strike that added a librarian in all middle and high schools and a nurse full time in every school. In this workshop we will discuss our theory of how to win the staffing our students need. Come prepared to share, plan and then organize!

PSRPs “We’re In It to Win It” (district & charter PSRPs)

This workshop will give you the training and tools you need to start fighting back and winning. Learn how to advocate for workers around workplace concerns, workplace stress, political actions, and contract negotiations. You will explore your role not only as support staff, but as unionists, activists and leaders.

Offerings in Second Workshop Time Slot (2:00 – 3:15)

Model Schedule, Flex and Assessment Voting (district)

Members will learn the proper procedures for conducting successful votes on model schedule, flex days, the waiver process and testing–and how to make the right choices based on their school. Included are ideas of how members can prepare now for the vote on non-mandated assessments in order to take control of that process away from principals and network chiefs.

Bully Principals and Climate Action Plans (district & charter)

“We’ve tried everything and the principal doesn’t change,”—this workshop addresses that sentiment. The process identifies the specific areas of concern members have with a principal. The areas are then incorporated into a remediation plan. Each step of the plan requires demonstrations of courage by members, and as the steps escalate, members must show more courage. Each escalation is only taken based upon a demonstration of courage by members. Escalation steps include completing surveys, signing a letter to the principal, attending LSC meetings and flyering parents.

Contract Action Team (CAT) Training (district & charter)

Members will learn how to engage their school colleagues in actions and activities to build unity, engage parents and students, and get their entire school community ready in the event there’s a CTU work stoppage.

City Runoff Elections: Three Weeks to Shape Four Years (district & charter)

Chicago’s first round of municipal elections are over. The run-offs loom ahead. Join us to talk about the results of the first round of elections, how to be involved in the second round, and how our contract campaign informs our political and legislative strategy.

Principal Evaluation Workshop (district & charter)

Come and learn about the yearly evaluation process for contract principals. We’ll discuss the criteria they use to be evaluated and how you can advocate at your Local School Council for a fair and transparent evaluation process. Organize at your building to address concerns with a bully principal in a systematic and documented way! Empower your local school council members and increase local democratic control of your school!

Fighting for the Bilingual Education Our Children Deserve (district & charter)

For too long, bilingual education has been getting watered down to fulfill compliance, yet students are not receiving the education they deserve and bilingual teachers are not been getting the support they need. Contract negotiations are under way and much needed language on bilingual education was included but we will have to fight to get the resources and changes we want for bilingual education. This workshop is about assessing the challenges we are facing, organizing with parents and together demand and fight for the bilingual education we need that is culturally relevant and gives students pride in being bilingual students.

Evaluating Our HOD Format (district & charter)

This workshop for CTU delegates will gather feedback and recommendations on optimizing our House of Delegates meetings (within constitutional parameters).

Class Size Matters! (district & charter)

Is class size an issue at your school? In the recent UTLA and Acero strikes, union educators won reductions in class size. These fights for quality learning conditions generated broad public support for the union’s demands. Come prepared to strategize about how to visible, publicly fight for—and win—lower class size and enforceable contract language.

Sorry, the opportunity to pool delegate preps for Thursday attendance has passed.

Mar
9
Sat
STRIKE READY: Organizing to win, feat. UTLA Pres. Alex Caputo-Pearl (Delegates, Building Reps and School Leaders Conference) @ Chicago Teachers Union Center
Mar 9 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

STRIKE READY: Organizing to win for our students and our schools!

Featuring United Teachers of Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl on the #RedForEd movement and their recent strike victory in LA.

United Teachers of Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl appears in front of a small group of parents, students and striking teachers on a stage with a crowd of thousands dressed in red UTLA shirts behind them.

All PPC, PPLC, LSC members, CTU delegates, CTU-ACTS building reps, Teacher Evaluation Liaisons, retired CTU members, and all CTU members interested in helping to organize their school or department should attend.

Join with CTU members and school building leaders to learn and share skills needed to fight for our contract and to enforce the rights we’ve won.

Schedule

8:00 a.m.– 9:00 a.m.Greeting/ Registration
9:00 a.m.– 10:00 a.m.Opening Plenary with Special Guests
10:00 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.Common Workshop
11:30 a.m.– 12:15 p.m.Lunch
12:30 p.m.– 1:45 p.m.1st Choice Workshop
2:00 p.m.– 3:15 p.m.2nd Choice Workshop

Afternoon Workshop Offerings

Click the arrow at right for descriptions. A note in the title indicates whether the workshop is designed for educators in district-run schools, charter schools or both.

New Delegates Expanded Session (12:30 – 3:15)

The New Delegates Workshop will span both workshop time slots, so if this workshop is for you, you won’t attend another afternoon workshop.

New Delegates Training (district & charter)

Sometimes you have to be contractual tactician, sometimes you’re a shepherd and other times you’re the village healer. Learn the tools you will need to know to organize your building, support your colleagues and enforce your rights. Topics will range from PPC/PSC, grievance process, due process and creating a school of engaged union members.

Restorative Practice Within Schools (district & charter)

This workshop highlights a method of giving students, teachers, and the community a voice in a unique kind of problem solving – one that emphasizes healing and restoration over traditional harsh punishment. Restorative practices are drawn from long-standing models from aboriginal, indigenous, and first nations peoples around the world. Workshop participants will learn how restorative practices in schools represent a new alternative to traditional discipline, and promote accountability dialogue and respect among students and teachers. This is a hands-on workshop that will teach participants how the use of restorative practices, drawn from traditions in the global south, can help ensure that all voices are heard in a respectful and attentive way, and that the learning atmosphere becomes a rich source of information, identify and interaction. We will also discuss how we can win implementation of effective restorative justice practices in all our schools.

Offerings in First Workshop Time Slot (12:30 – 1:45)

Substitute Teaching (district)

In this workshop substitute pool teachers will learn about their rights under the CTU/CPS agreement and the Illinois School Code. We will also strategize on how to win better conditions for substitute teachers and increase the available substitute teacher pool to reduce the severe substitute teacher shortage.

Model Schedule, Flex and Assessment Voting (district)

Members will learn the proper procedures for conducting successful votes on model schedule, flex days, the waiver process and testing–and how to make the right choices based on their school. Included are ideas of how members can prepare now for the vote on non-mandated assessments in order to take control of that process away from principals and network chiefs.

The General Education Teacher’s Guide to Special Ed (district & charter)

This workshop will provide the basic information needed in order for you to determine if a student needs Special Ed services and the process to get them evaluated. The workshop will help you evaluate your school’s special education program and what we can do together to win proper resources and staffing for all special ed students.

Grievance as an Organizing Tool (district & charter)

Learn to distinguish between an issue relevant to only one member and one that can galvanize multiple members. The workshop will identify the need for grievances, but also recognizes the limitations of grievances alone, due to the time it takes and the power it puts in the hands of management. You will learn how to apply the mantra of “an injury to one is an injury to all”. The issues in a grievance can be used to mobilize members at a school to take action to pressure the principal to obey the contract.

City Runoff Elections: Three Weeks to Shape Four Years (district & charter)

Chicago’s first round of municipal elections are over. The run-offs loom ahead. Join us to talk about the results of the first round of elections, how to be involved in the second round, and how our contract campaign informs our political and legislative strategy.

Developing Effective PPLCs (district)

Come and learn about what PPLCs are and how to use them as a powerful tool to empower members, advocate for students, and build alliances with parents and community members on your local school council. This workshop will cover what PPLCs are, how to start one, and best practices in running an effective PPLC.

Winning a Strike (district & charter)

Winning a strike requires the highest level of member organization and activity. The role of strike captains can be a critical tool for motivating, directing, supporting, and assessing member activity on the lines and in the streets.

Reimagining Our HOD Format (district & charter)

This workshop for CTU delegates will gather feedback and recommendations on optimizing our House of Delegates meetings (within constitutional parameters).

Winning More Social Workers, Nurses, Librarians, and Other Clinicians (district & charter)

UTLA just won a successful strike that added a librarian in all middle and high schools and a nurse full time in every school. In this workshop we will discuss our theory of how to win the staffing our students need. Come prepared to share, plan and then organize!

PSRPs “We’re In It to Win It” (district & charter PSRPs)

This workshop will give you the training and tools you need to start fighting back and winning. Learn how to advocate for workers around workplace concerns, workplace stress, political actions, and contract negotiations. You will explore your role not only as support staff, but as unionists, activists and leaders.

Offerings in Second Workshop Time Slot (2:00 – 3:15)

Model Schedule, Flex and Assessment Voting (district)

Members will learn the proper procedures for conducting successful votes on model schedule, flex days, the waiver process and testing–and how to make the right choices based on their school. Included are ideas of how members can prepare now for the vote on non-mandated assessments in order to take control of that process away from principals and network chiefs.

Bully Principals and Climate Action Plans (district & charter)

“We’ve tried everything and the principal doesn’t change,”—this workshop addresses that sentiment. The process identifies the specific areas of concern members have with a principal. The areas are then incorporated into a remediation plan. Each step of the plan requires demonstrations of courage by members, and as the steps escalate, members must show more courage. Each escalation is only taken based upon a demonstration of courage by members. Escalation steps include completing surveys, signing a letter to the principal, attending LSC meetings and flyering parents.

Contract Action Team (CAT) Training (district & charter)

Members will learn how to engage their school colleagues in actions and activities to build unity, engage parents and students, and get their entire school community ready in the event there’s a CTU work stoppage.

City Runoff Elections: Three Weeks to Shape Four Years (district & charter)

Chicago’s first round of municipal elections are over. The run-offs loom ahead. Join us to talk about the results of the first round of elections, how to be involved in the second round, and how our contract campaign informs our political and legislative strategy.

Tackling Student Loan Debt

This workshop is for members interested in learning about how to reduce their student debt. This Student Debt Clinic which will provide information on how to enroll in Income-Driven Repayment plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Principal Evaluation Workshop (district & charter)

Come and learn about the yearly evaluation process for contract principals. We’ll discuss the criteria they use to be evaluated and how you can advocate at your Local School Council for a fair and transparent evaluation process. Organize at your building to address concerns with a bully principal in a systematic and documented way! Empower your local school council members and increase local democratic control of your school!

Fighting for the Bilingual Education Our Children Deserve (district & charter)

For too long, bilingual education has been getting watered down to fulfill compliance, yet students are not receiving the education they deserve and bilingual teachers are not been getting the support they need. Contract negotiations are under way and much needed language on bilingual education was included but we will have to fight to get the resources and changes we want for bilingual education. This workshop is about assessing the challenges we are facing, organizing with parents and together demand and fight for the bilingual education we need that is culturally relevant and gives students pride in being bilingual students.

Evaluating Our HOD Format (district & charter)

This workshop for CTU delegates will gather feedback and recommendations on optimizing our House of Delegates meetings (within constitutional parameters).

Class Size Matters! (district & charter)

Is class size an issue at your school? In the recent UTLA and Acero strikes, union educators won reductions in class size. These fights for quality learning conditions generated broad public support for the union’s demands. Come prepared to strategize about how to visible, publicly fight for—and win—lower class size and enforceable contract language.

Registration Form

Apr
25
Thu
CTU-ACTS Strike Date Announcement Rally @ Arturo Velasquez Westside Technical Instituite
Apr 25 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Press announcement with gathered teachers holding charter school related picket signs.

We are wielding unprecedented power and changing the way the charter industry works, an industry that has been short-changing us and our students for too long.

Five of our schools already announced strike authorizations, and more schools look set to join our coordinated strike calendar. And at least one other AFT Local is gearing up to announce and potentially strike with us.

Our fight is growing and inspiring others. Our power is our members, multiplied by our numbers, so let’s make a big effort to turn out Thursday. What we win in the remaining contracts will determine how high we raise the teaching profession and expectations for the rest of our careers.

Our demands are reasonable, are just, and will make our schools better places, including:

  • Protections for diverse learners, English learners and immigrant students
  • Adequate staffing and resources
  • Equal pay for equal work

 

Facebook Event

 

Download the Strike Date Rally flyer

May
14
Tue
CTU All-Member Tele-Town Hall
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

CTU All-Member Tele-Town Hall
7 p.m., Tuesday, May 14

Join us by phone at 7PM TUESDAY, May 14 for an all-CTU-member tele-town hall to learn more about current bargaining for a new CPS contract, plus developments in school issues and campaigns, this spring’s legislative agenda in Springfield, important info on our efforts to end the charter industry’s attacks on our wages and work, our upcoming May 22 ‘Keep the Promise for a Fair Contract’ rally, and more. We’ll be taking members’ calls live, so don’t miss this chance to ask a question, share your thoughts with your fellow members, and learn more about how to get involved in your school community to improve our working conditions.

This is a live event! Call in your questions starting at 7PM on Tuesday, May 14.

Around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, all CTU members will be called automatically via the number that the Union has on file for you.

If you want to check or change your number, visit the Member Link portal. If you have not signed in before, you will need your CTU Member ID or CPS Employee ID to register with Member Link.

Once you’re connected to the call, just hit the number ‘9’ on your phone to ask your question.

Don’t miss this chance to talk with CTU officers and rank-and-file members about our CPS contract fight and more, or to ask questions about bargaining and union initiatives. We look forward to speaking with you!

Oct
29
Tue
Solidarity Road Trip to Decatur
Oct 29 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

Decatur Teacher Assistants union, IFT Local 4324, is going on strike tomorrow, October 29. They need our support! The paraprofessionals of this union are in a tough spot. Their school administration refuses to budge on health insurance. CTU, with IFT support is organizing to send a coach bus full of CTU members, to support these union members who are fighting for fair wages & health insurance benefits.
Details:
7:00 a.m. Gather at CTU Center
7:30 a.m. sharp Bus leaves for Decatur. Coffee and light breakfast on the bus.
10:00 a.m. Arrival in Decatur. Visit picket lines and attend rally with striking Decatur Paraprofessionals. IFT President Dan Montgomery and others will speak. Lunch will be provided.
By 4:00 p.m. Return to CTU Center

Some relevant quotes from the Decatur Herald & Review article on the strike:

“The board of education certainly appears deaf to the outcry from the public,” union president Paula Busboom said in a statement. “The board can create a new position, ‘chief communications officer,’ with a salary of $123,456, but they cannot move on health insurance. Something is wrong with their priorities.”

The school board approved the new position during its meeting Tuesday night, when it also heard from parents and teachers who spoke during public comments in support of reaching an agreement with the teaching assistants.

The union represents about 275 hearing interpreters, licensed practical nurses, hearing-vision technicians and teaching assistants who have been working under a contract extension since the academic year started in August.

Jul
29
Wed
CTU-ACTS Town Hall: Safety for All
Jul 29 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
CTU-ACTS Town Hall: Safety for All

A meeting for non-union and union charter educators to reflect on current issues with their administrations’ reopening plans and define ideal remote learning conditions for the fall + what action we have to take to win

  • Chicago charter students and staff will not be the canaries in the coal mine
  • Join us for a virtual town hall to discuss charter school reopening plans and how we as educators can fight back to win safe learning conditions for ALL Chicago students.
  • In addition to multiple teachers from different grade levels and content areas (including sped teachers), speakers will also include two students, a parent, and non-teaching staff.

Register in advance for this webinar:
Zoom Registration

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Apr
7
Thu
CTU Charter Division Demands Meeting @ CTU Center
Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm
CTU Charter Division Demands Meeting @ CTU Center

CTU members in the charter division have coordinated our contracts in the charter division in order to maximize our collective power to win rights, funding, and power for our members, our students and our communities.

As we move towards opening bargaining with our employers, your voice is critical to ensure that our process is transparent, member-led, and effective.

CAT teams in your building will be doing one-on-one interviews with each of our members for each of us to be able to contribute genuine feedback.

Sign up below.

May
17
Tue
Charter United Contract Campaign Kickoff Rally @ CPS Headquarters
May 17 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm