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Volume 85, Issue 1

Features

LSCs and school safety

Strength in numbers is at the heart of solidarity, and your school’s Local School Council (LSC) provides you with a unique opportunity to work in solidarity with parent and community reps, especially around the safe reopening of schools.

LSCs have power. Use it!

Local School Councils (LSCs) are a creature of state law, with authority and duties spelled out in state statute. Over the years, CPS has weakened that authority, but the school-based councils still have important powers within the school. The CTU presents some ways to use LSCs to improve conditions for educators and their students.

My students need more mental health supports

It’s long past time Mayor Lightfoot to acknowledge these are not “normal” times. Our students need more mental health services. It’s time to face facts — ignoring the pandemic will cost much more in the long run.     

Good news from the Grievance Department

Our Union doesn’t rely solely on the legal process to defend our members’ rights. It is too slow, cumbersome and stacked in the boss’ favor. But it is one of the tools in our toolbox to enforce our contract and hold the district accountable.

Making history: ERSB is now law — and work remains!

On July 29, Illinois Governor J.B. Prizker signed HB 2908, the historic bill that creates an elected school board for Chicago. That signature, the culmination of 15 years of struggle and sacrifice by thousands of Chicago educators, parents and community activists, will bring real democracy to the governance of CPS for the first time in the city’s history.

In Memoriam

Lists of deceased members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) are provided to the Chicago Union Teacher by the office of the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) and are printed as received. If you notice an error or omission, please first contact the CTPF at 312.641.4464 or via email at memberservices@ctpf.org to report the information. Please contact the CTU Financial Dept. as well by phoning 312.329.9100. Both the CTPF and CTU disburse death benefits to a member’s designated beneficiaries.

In Memoriam (August 2021)

Lists of deceased members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) are provided to the Chicago Union Teacher by the office of the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) and are printed as received. If you notice an error or omission, please first contact the CTPF at 312.641.4464 or via email at memberservices@ctpf.org to report the information. Please contact the CTU Financial Dept. as well by phoning 312.329.9100. Both the CTPF and CTU disburse death benefits to a member’s designated beneficiaries.

Delegates Not Present September 1, 2021 House of Delegates Meeting

Network 1A Benedix, Kenneth Green, Laurie Hehn, Theresa Pomerantz, Julie Spagnola, Patricia Network 1B Fisher, Nicki Maldonado, Xavier West, Margaret Network 1C Coleman, Pamela Daleiden, Dianne Figueroa, Tania Vernola, Adam Network 2A Williams, Isaac Network 2B Cole,...

LSCs and school safety

Strength in numbers is at the heart of solidarity, and your school’s Local School Council (LSC) provides you with a unique opportunity to work in solidarity with parent and community reps, especially around the safe reopening of schools.

LSCs have power. Use it!

Local School Councils (LSCs) are a creature of state law, with authority and duties spelled out in state statute. Over the years, CPS has weakened that authority, but the school-based councils still have important powers within the school. The CTU presents some ways to use LSCs to improve conditions for educators and their students.

My students need more mental health supports

It’s long past time Mayor Lightfoot to acknowledge these are not “normal” times. Our students need more mental health services. It’s time to face facts — ignoring the pandemic will cost much more in the long run.     

Good news from the Grievance Department

Our Union doesn’t rely solely on the legal process to defend our members’ rights. It is too slow, cumbersome and stacked in the boss’ favor. But it is one of the tools in our toolbox to enforce our contract and hold the district accountable.

Making history: ERSB is now law — and work remains!

On July 29, Illinois Governor J.B. Prizker signed HB 2908, the historic bill that creates an elected school board for Chicago. That signature, the culmination of 15 years of struggle and sacrifice by thousands of Chicago educators, parents and community activists, will bring real democracy to the governance of CPS for the first time in the city’s history.

In Memoriam

Lists of deceased members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) are provided to the Chicago Union Teacher by the office of the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) and are printed as received. If you notice an error or omission, please first contact the CTPF at 312.641.4464 or via email at memberservices@ctpf.org to report the information. Please contact the CTU Financial Dept. as well by phoning 312.329.9100. Both the CTPF and CTU disburse death benefits to a member’s designated beneficiaries.

In Memoriam (August 2021)

Lists of deceased members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) are provided to the Chicago Union Teacher by the office of the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) and are printed as received. If you notice an error or omission, please first contact the CTPF at 312.641.4464 or via email at memberservices@ctpf.org to report the information. Please contact the CTU Financial Dept. as well by phoning 312.329.9100. Both the CTPF and CTU disburse death benefits to a member’s designated beneficiaries.

Delegates Not Present September 1, 2021 House of Delegates Meeting

Network 1A Benedix, Kenneth Green, Laurie Hehn, Theresa Pomerantz, Julie Spagnola, Patricia Network 1B Fisher, Nicki Maldonado, Xavier West, Margaret Network 1C Coleman, Pamela Daleiden, Dianne Figueroa, Tania Vernola, Adam Network 2A Williams, Isaac Network 2B Cole,...

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In Brief

LSCs and school safety

Strength in numbers is at the heart of solidarity, and your school’s Local School Council (LSC) provides you with a unique opportunity to work in solidarity with parent and community reps, especially around the safe reopening of schools.

LSCs have power. Use it!

Local School Councils (LSCs) are a creature of state law, with authority and duties spelled out in state statute. Over the years, CPS has weakened that authority, but the school-based councils still have important powers within the school. The CTU presents some ways to use LSCs to improve conditions for educators and their students.

My students need more mental health supports

It’s long past time Mayor Lightfoot to acknowledge these are not “normal” times. Our students need more mental health services. It’s time to face facts — ignoring the pandemic will cost much more in the long run.     

Good news from the Grievance Department

Our Union doesn’t rely solely on the legal process to defend our members’ rights. It is too slow, cumbersome and stacked in the boss’ favor. But it is one of the tools in our toolbox to enforce our contract and hold the district accountable.

Making history: ERSB is now law — and work remains!

On July 29, Illinois Governor J.B. Prizker signed HB 2908, the historic bill that creates an elected school board for Chicago. That signature, the culmination of 15 years of struggle and sacrifice by thousands of Chicago educators, parents and community activists, will bring real democracy to the governance of CPS for the first time in the city’s history.

In Memoriam

Lists of deceased members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) are provided to the Chicago Union Teacher by the office of the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) and are printed as received. If you notice an error or omission, please first contact the CTPF at 312.641.4464 or via email at memberservices@ctpf.org to report the information. Please contact the CTU Financial Dept. as well by phoning 312.329.9100. Both the CTPF and CTU disburse death benefits to a member’s designated beneficiaries.

In Memoriam (August 2021)

Lists of deceased members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) are provided to the Chicago Union Teacher by the office of the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) and are printed as received. If you notice an error or omission, please first contact the CTPF at 312.641.4464 or via email at memberservices@ctpf.org to report the information. Please contact the CTU Financial Dept. as well by phoning 312.329.9100. Both the CTPF and CTU disburse death benefits to a member’s designated beneficiaries.

Delegates Not Present September 1, 2021 House of Delegates Meeting

Network 1A Benedix, Kenneth Green, Laurie Hehn, Theresa Pomerantz, Julie Spagnola, Patricia Network 1B Fisher, Nicki Maldonado, Xavier West, Margaret Network 1C Coleman, Pamela Daleiden, Dianne Figueroa, Tania Vernola, Adam Network 2A Williams, Isaac Network 2B Cole,...