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Volume 82, Issue 7

Features

As strong as ever | President’s Message

This past year has been one of the most exhausting, exciting and inspiring ever for our union. We started the school year with the usual suspects predicting the Janus ruling would spell the death knell for the CTU and the labor movement nationwide, but eight months later, we remain as strong, as fierce and as focused on our vision of creating a just city for the schools our children deserve.

Biographical material of candidates for union office

Candidates for election to union offices are provided with the opportunity to submit biographical information to be published in the last edition of the Union newspaper prior
to the date of the election. All information is printed as it is received.

Spring arbitration update

We protect our schools and our rank-and-file members from some of the most outrageous schemes cooked up by Chicago Public Schools and City Hall through our unity and our aggressive enforcement of contract rights. An arbitration for a member sets precedent across the city, and mobilizes membership across Chicago to force CPS to honor our contract.

Strike Three: More charter educators on verge of strike

After two historic strikes against charter operators—including the first in the nation’s history last December—Chicago Teachers Union members who work at five charter schools voted overwhelmingly to strike in their fight for more student resources, equal pay for equal work and pension security.

Prosser community fights to save popular CTE program

In a victory for teachers, parents and students, Chicago Public Schools has backed down on plans to close its beloved Auto Body Repair program at Prosser Career Academy this year, a plan instigated by the network chief in direct violation of the Chicago Teachers Union contract. Vigilant CTU delegates and members exposed the plan and rallied the school community to fight back.

Standing up to standardized tests

In 2005, Chicago Public Schools cut the number of required tests in half—from two to one. By 2014, the district had a four-page assessment calendar, and every student took at least 11 tests. The networks also got into the act, requiring “progress monitoring” and other forms of additional testing. That’s why our 2015-19 Big Bargaining Team is determined to address over-testing in the current contract.

Bargaining hard, but strike ready

As Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot prepares to take office, we continue to bargain for a new contract with Chicago Public Schools. Lightfoot ran on a platform that broadly supported our bargaining positions and we intend to hold her to those campaign promises.

Delegates not present | April 3, 2019

Delegates Not Present House of Delegates Meeting Wednesday, April 3, 2019 NETWORK 1A Clarke, Deborah L. Green, Laurie J. Hernandez, Sarah E. Spagnola, Patricia A. NETWORK 1B Hasan, Nayla M. Perez, Stacy L. NETWORK 1C Davidson, Susan K. Dillon, Barbara K. Flanagan,...

As strong as ever | President’s Message

This past year has been one of the most exhausting, exciting and inspiring ever for our union. We started the school year with the usual suspects predicting the Janus ruling would spell the death knell for the CTU and the labor movement nationwide, but eight months later, we remain as strong, as fierce and as focused on our vision of creating a just city for the schools our children deserve.

Biographical material of candidates for union office

Candidates for election to union offices are provided with the opportunity to submit biographical information to be published in the last edition of the Union newspaper prior
to the date of the election. All information is printed as it is received.

Spring arbitration update

We protect our schools and our rank-and-file members from some of the most outrageous schemes cooked up by Chicago Public Schools and City Hall through our unity and our aggressive enforcement of contract rights. An arbitration for a member sets precedent across the city, and mobilizes membership across Chicago to force CPS to honor our contract.

Strike Three: More charter educators on verge of strike

After two historic strikes against charter operators—including the first in the nation’s history last December—Chicago Teachers Union members who work at five charter schools voted overwhelmingly to strike in their fight for more student resources, equal pay for equal work and pension security.

Prosser community fights to save popular CTE program

In a victory for teachers, parents and students, Chicago Public Schools has backed down on plans to close its beloved Auto Body Repair program at Prosser Career Academy this year, a plan instigated by the network chief in direct violation of the Chicago Teachers Union contract. Vigilant CTU delegates and members exposed the plan and rallied the school community to fight back.

Standing up to standardized tests

In 2005, Chicago Public Schools cut the number of required tests in half—from two to one. By 2014, the district had a four-page assessment calendar, and every student took at least 11 tests. The networks also got into the act, requiring “progress monitoring” and other forms of additional testing. That’s why our 2015-19 Big Bargaining Team is determined to address over-testing in the current contract.

Bargaining hard, but strike ready

As Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot prepares to take office, we continue to bargain for a new contract with Chicago Public Schools. Lightfoot ran on a platform that broadly supported our bargaining positions and we intend to hold her to those campaign promises.

Delegates not present | April 3, 2019

Delegates Not Present House of Delegates Meeting Wednesday, April 3, 2019 NETWORK 1A Clarke, Deborah L. Green, Laurie J. Hernandez, Sarah E. Spagnola, Patricia A. NETWORK 1B Hasan, Nayla M. Perez, Stacy L. NETWORK 1C Davidson, Susan K. Dillon, Barbara K. Flanagan,...

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