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Volume 83, Issue 1

Features

Where we stand…at the table

This contract has the potential to be an important milestone in the history of Chicago’s public education system. Mayor Lightfoot has the power to end years of bad educational policy and support CTU demands for real equity for students and their educators. Will she?

Better than Rahm can still be pretty bad

Mayor Lightfoot claims her CPS budget puts equity first and makes unprecedented investments. But a close look at the numbers shows the budget spin fails to match the stark reality of funding cuts to hundreds of schools.

It’s time to fight | President’s Message

For most of us, the start of school brings a mix of emotions: excitement about the new year and new students, plus a dull sense of dread as the last drops of summer vacation slip away and we prepare for the intensity and hard work that is another school year. But Emotions are running even higher this year as we head back to school without a contract and in the midst of a tough contract battle. To win what our schools and educators deserve, we must unite our co-workers and show that we are willing to stand up for our demands!

Tune in to CTU Speaks!

Are you looking for new, accessible ways to learn about issues facing our Union, our schools and our students? Tune into CTU Speaks!, the new podcast that’s the brainchild of the Chicago Teachers Union member-led communications committee. It seeks to empower, inform and unify members and is worth a listen.

Delegates not present | June 5, 2019

DELEGATES NOT PRESENT, HOUSE MEETING, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2019 NETWORK 1A Clarke, Deborah L. Green, Laurie J. Spagnola, Patricia A. NETWORK 1B Cooley, Amy K. Davis, Deborah Parece, Andrew J. NETWORK 1C Baar-Ledford, Sara D. Brady, Mark D. Burchfield, Elizabeth J....

Segregated by Design

Many students, and some teachers, are unfamiliar with the extent to which segregated cities like Chicago are the result of federal, state and local policies that made it illegal for Black people to buy homes in white neighborhoods. “Segregated by Design,” a free, 20-minute video, seeks to shed light on that sordid history.

Know your bargaining team

CTU’s bargaining team is a diverse group of educators and staff bringing decades of experience to the table. Our contract is in good hands with them.

Is your school strike ready?

A Contract Action Team (CAT) is the structure through which you organize your staff to win the best contract possible. The union actions we carry out in our buildings or in the streets need to support the work the bargaining team is doing at the negotiations table.

Solidarity summer

Anchored by the ninth annual Summer Organizing Institute, CTU members hit the streets to build power for our schools and our city

The strike that brought teachers unions back from the dead

On the morning of September 10, 2012, the Chicago Teachers Union, clad all in red, went on strike for the first time in 25 years. The walk out won better pay and working conditions for teachers and more resources for schools. But it also set the stage for the Red for Ed movement that has swept the nation.

In memoriam

2018 June 21Kathleen Ackermann, Hanson Park 2019 March 13Lawnzina P. Duncan, Reciprocal-Urban South Program April 15Obaja Gregoire, Boone May 4Rosemary Hendricks, Comm Ac May 10Betty H. Mason, Yale May 12Mike M. Frys, Sub May 16Julia S. Vazquez, Avondale May 17Doris...

If we don’t get it, shut it down

Throughout the summer, Union members knocked on hundreds of doors, distributed flyers at public transit stops, held community meetings and rallies at multiple Board of Education meetings, That campaign has produced some results at the bargaining table, but not nearly enough, so we need to keep fighting.

Where we stand…at the table

This contract has the potential to be an important milestone in the history of Chicago’s public education system. Mayor Lightfoot has the power to end years of bad educational policy and support CTU demands for real equity for students and their educators. Will she?

Better than Rahm can still be pretty bad

Mayor Lightfoot claims her CPS budget puts equity first and makes unprecedented investments. But a close look at the numbers shows the budget spin fails to match the stark reality of funding cuts to hundreds of schools.

It’s time to fight | President’s Message

For most of us, the start of school brings a mix of emotions: excitement about the new year and new students, plus a dull sense of dread as the last drops of summer vacation slip away and we prepare for the intensity and hard work that is another school year. But Emotions are running even higher this year as we head back to school without a contract and in the midst of a tough contract battle. To win what our schools and educators deserve, we must unite our co-workers and show that we are willing to stand up for our demands!

Tune in to CTU Speaks!

Are you looking for new, accessible ways to learn about issues facing our Union, our schools and our students? Tune into CTU Speaks!, the new podcast that’s the brainchild of the Chicago Teachers Union member-led communications committee. It seeks to empower, inform and unify members and is worth a listen.

Delegates not present | June 5, 2019

DELEGATES NOT PRESENT, HOUSE MEETING, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2019 NETWORK 1A Clarke, Deborah L. Green, Laurie J. Spagnola, Patricia A. NETWORK 1B Cooley, Amy K. Davis, Deborah Parece, Andrew J. NETWORK 1C Baar-Ledford, Sara D. Brady, Mark D. Burchfield, Elizabeth J....

Segregated by Design

Many students, and some teachers, are unfamiliar with the extent to which segregated cities like Chicago are the result of federal, state and local policies that made it illegal for Black people to buy homes in white neighborhoods. “Segregated by Design,” a free, 20-minute video, seeks to shed light on that sordid history.

Know your bargaining team

CTU’s bargaining team is a diverse group of educators and staff bringing decades of experience to the table. Our contract is in good hands with them.

Is your school strike ready?

A Contract Action Team (CAT) is the structure through which you organize your staff to win the best contract possible. The union actions we carry out in our buildings or in the streets need to support the work the bargaining team is doing at the negotiations table.

Solidarity summer

Anchored by the ninth annual Summer Organizing Institute, CTU members hit the streets to build power for our schools and our city

The strike that brought teachers unions back from the dead

On the morning of September 10, 2012, the Chicago Teachers Union, clad all in red, went on strike for the first time in 25 years. The walk out won better pay and working conditions for teachers and more resources for schools. But it also set the stage for the Red for Ed movement that has swept the nation.

In memoriam

2018 June 21Kathleen Ackermann, Hanson Park 2019 March 13Lawnzina P. Duncan, Reciprocal-Urban South Program April 15Obaja Gregoire, Boone May 4Rosemary Hendricks, Comm Ac May 10Betty H. Mason, Yale May 12Mike M. Frys, Sub May 16Julia S. Vazquez, Avondale May 17Doris...

If we don’t get it, shut it down

Throughout the summer, Union members knocked on hundreds of doors, distributed flyers at public transit stops, held community meetings and rallies at multiple Board of Education meetings, That campaign has produced some results at the bargaining table, but not nearly enough, so we need to keep fighting.

Departments

In Brief

Where we stand…at the table

This contract has the potential to be an important milestone in the history of Chicago’s public education system. Mayor Lightfoot has the power to end years of bad educational policy and support CTU demands for real equity for students and their educators. Will she?

Better than Rahm can still be pretty bad

Mayor Lightfoot claims her CPS budget puts equity first and makes unprecedented investments. But a close look at the numbers shows the budget spin fails to match the stark reality of funding cuts to hundreds of schools.

It’s time to fight | President’s Message

For most of us, the start of school brings a mix of emotions: excitement about the new year and new students, plus a dull sense of dread as the last drops of summer vacation slip away and we prepare for the intensity and hard work that is another school year. But Emotions are running even higher this year as we head back to school without a contract and in the midst of a tough contract battle. To win what our schools and educators deserve, we must unite our co-workers and show that we are willing to stand up for our demands!

Tune in to CTU Speaks!

Are you looking for new, accessible ways to learn about issues facing our Union, our schools and our students? Tune into CTU Speaks!, the new podcast that’s the brainchild of the Chicago Teachers Union member-led communications committee. It seeks to empower, inform and unify members and is worth a listen.

Delegates not present | June 5, 2019

DELEGATES NOT PRESENT, HOUSE MEETING, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2019 NETWORK 1A Clarke, Deborah L. Green, Laurie J. Spagnola, Patricia A. NETWORK 1B Cooley, Amy K. Davis, Deborah Parece, Andrew J. NETWORK 1C Baar-Ledford, Sara D. Brady, Mark D. Burchfield, Elizabeth J....

Segregated by Design

Many students, and some teachers, are unfamiliar with the extent to which segregated cities like Chicago are the result of federal, state and local policies that made it illegal for Black people to buy homes in white neighborhoods. “Segregated by Design,” a free, 20-minute video, seeks to shed light on that sordid history.

Know your bargaining team

CTU’s bargaining team is a diverse group of educators and staff bringing decades of experience to the table. Our contract is in good hands with them.

Is your school strike ready?

A Contract Action Team (CAT) is the structure through which you organize your staff to win the best contract possible. The union actions we carry out in our buildings or in the streets need to support the work the bargaining team is doing at the negotiations table.

Solidarity summer

Anchored by the ninth annual Summer Organizing Institute, CTU members hit the streets to build power for our schools and our city

The strike that brought teachers unions back from the dead

On the morning of September 10, 2012, the Chicago Teachers Union, clad all in red, went on strike for the first time in 25 years. The walk out won better pay and working conditions for teachers and more resources for schools. But it also set the stage for the Red for Ed movement that has swept the nation.

In memoriam

2018 June 21Kathleen Ackermann, Hanson Park 2019 March 13Lawnzina P. Duncan, Reciprocal-Urban South Program April 15Obaja Gregoire, Boone May 4Rosemary Hendricks, Comm Ac May 10Betty H. Mason, Yale May 12Mike M. Frys, Sub May 16Julia S. Vazquez, Avondale May 17Doris...

If we don’t get it, shut it down

Throughout the summer, Union members knocked on hundreds of doors, distributed flyers at public transit stops, held community meetings and rallies at multiple Board of Education meetings, That campaign has produced some results at the bargaining table, but not nearly enough, so we need to keep fighting.