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Volume 86, Issue 3

Features

CTU brother Brandon Johnson will be the mayor for ALL Chicago

When CTU member and Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson launched his candidacy for mayor, standing in the shadow of Jenner Academy where he began his teaching career, he recalled his experience at the school.  
“As a teacher, I experienced the painful impact of disinvestment on my students and their families, and this personal experience — seeing children endure inequity — is what fuels my commitment to building a stronger, safer and more equitable Chicago,” Johnson said.

Celebrating our member leaders

This month, we’re featuring several dynamic member leaders: CTU organizer and mayoral candidate Brandon Johnson, CTU member and aldermanic candidate Lori Torres, Washington High School teacher Lauren Bianchi, CTU Lead Organizer Tennille Evans, and Zeidre Foster, director of CTU’s grievance department.

Victories for Workers’ Rights Amendment, CTU-endorsed candidates set stage for February

Despite a coordinated assault against the Workers’ Rights Amendment by the far right, the amendment passed and the right to organize and bargain collectively is now enshrined in the Illinois Constitution. That win on Nov. 8, plus victories by all 34 CTU-endorsed candidates, proved our union’s ability to organize, build alliances and get out the vote in every corner of the city.

How I spent my election day

Paula Ladin was one of hundreds of rank and file CTU members and allies volunteering on Election Day. In this post, she shares her experience and encourages other members to volunteer because it’s “an antidote to feeling helpless or hopeless.”

CTU Climate Justice Committee fights for green schools, equity across the district

CPS school buildings need a lot of work — $2 billion in upgrades by the district’s own assessment — for the sake of our students and our environment and piecemeal repairs are not enough. With the help of CTU’s Climate Justice Committee, the union has launched a new citywide campaign to fight for clean, green, and fully resourced schools.

Delegates Not Present November 2, 2022 House of Delegates Meeting

Network 1A Avrick, Rachel Benedix, Kenneth Erzrumly, Layla Green, Laurie Kleinhubert, Mary Pomerantz, Julie Prysny, Saba Spagnola, Patricia Network 1B Fisher, Nicki Nikolopoulos, Anastasia Peters, Derrill Pfeiffer, Ashton West, Margaret Network 1C Golden, David...

Delegates Not Present December 7, 2022 House of Delegates Meeting

Network 1A Avrick, Rachel Benedix, Kenneth Green, Laurie Lara, Denise Pomerantz, Julie Prysny, Saba Network 1B Buen, Lorelei Cooley, Amy Davis, Deborah Fisher, Nicki Peters, Derrill Pfeiffer, Ashton Volkowitz, Rachel Network 1C Davidson, Susan Graves, Kenneth Juhl,...

In Memoriam November 2022

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 Membership Dept. as well by phoning 312.329.9100. Both the CTPF and CTU disburse survivor benefits to deceased members’ designated beneficiaries.

CTU brother Brandon Johnson will be the mayor for ALL Chicago

When CTU member and Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson launched his candidacy for mayor, standing in the shadow of Jenner Academy where he began his teaching career, he recalled his experience at the school.  
“As a teacher, I experienced the painful impact of disinvestment on my students and their families, and this personal experience — seeing children endure inequity — is what fuels my commitment to building a stronger, safer and more equitable Chicago,” Johnson said.

Celebrating our member leaders

This month, we’re featuring several dynamic member leaders: CTU organizer and mayoral candidate Brandon Johnson, CTU member and aldermanic candidate Lori Torres, Washington High School teacher Lauren Bianchi, CTU Lead Organizer Tennille Evans, and Zeidre Foster, director of CTU’s grievance department.

Victories for Workers’ Rights Amendment, CTU-endorsed candidates set stage for February

Despite a coordinated assault against the Workers’ Rights Amendment by the far right, the amendment passed and the right to organize and bargain collectively is now enshrined in the Illinois Constitution. That win on Nov. 8, plus victories by all 34 CTU-endorsed candidates, proved our union’s ability to organize, build alliances and get out the vote in every corner of the city.

How I spent my election day

Paula Ladin was one of hundreds of rank and file CTU members and allies volunteering on Election Day. In this post, she shares her experience and encourages other members to volunteer because it’s “an antidote to feeling helpless or hopeless.”

CTU Climate Justice Committee fights for green schools, equity across the district

CPS school buildings need a lot of work — $2 billion in upgrades by the district’s own assessment — for the sake of our students and our environment and piecemeal repairs are not enough. With the help of CTU’s Climate Justice Committee, the union has launched a new citywide campaign to fight for clean, green, and fully resourced schools.

Delegates Not Present November 2, 2022 House of Delegates Meeting

Network 1A Avrick, Rachel Benedix, Kenneth Erzrumly, Layla Green, Laurie Kleinhubert, Mary Pomerantz, Julie Prysny, Saba Spagnola, Patricia Network 1B Fisher, Nicki Nikolopoulos, Anastasia Peters, Derrill Pfeiffer, Ashton West, Margaret Network 1C Golden, David...

Delegates Not Present December 7, 2022 House of Delegates Meeting

Network 1A Avrick, Rachel Benedix, Kenneth Green, Laurie Lara, Denise Pomerantz, Julie Prysny, Saba Network 1B Buen, Lorelei Cooley, Amy Davis, Deborah Fisher, Nicki Peters, Derrill Pfeiffer, Ashton Volkowitz, Rachel Network 1C Davidson, Susan Graves, Kenneth Juhl,...

In Memoriam November 2022

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 Membership Dept. as well by phoning 312.329.9100. Both the CTPF and CTU disburse survivor benefits to deceased members’ designated beneficiaries.

Departments

President’s message: Together, we are unstoppable

CTU brother Brandon Johnson will be the mayor for ALL Chicago

Celebrating our member leaders

How I spent my election day

In Memoriam November 2022