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Bargaining for the Schools Chicago Students Deserve

Together, our union fights to win.

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Latest Bargaining Update
Answers About Strike Loans, etc.
Solidarity from Allies
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Contract Fight News

On Friday, CPS finally sent the discipline rescission notices to 55 members targeted this past winter for communicating with parents

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Chicago Teachers Union8 months ago
More heartbreak as Joe Garcia, husband of Irma Garcia, one of two fourth grade teachers killed in the attack on Robb Elementary, has died from a heart attack. 💔 https://twitter.com/fuhknjo/status/1529870121023557632?s=21&t=LRU22LAHhcI8mFYkBXd56w Our deepest condolences to their four surviving children and family, and to all the victims and families in recent tragedies in Uvalde, Buffalo, Laguna Woods, California, and our own city.
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Chicago Teachers Union8 months ago
In response to budget cuts at schools across the city, a Chicago Public Schools teacher-librarian asks, “How can my students reach their full potential without the full support of their own school district?”
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union9 months ago
Three union members from NYSUT - A Union of Professionals were among the 10 people tragically killed May 14 when a gunman opened fire at a Tops Supermarket in Buffalo, New York. We must remain committed to addressing root causes of violence in this nation, recognize violence as the public health crisis it is, confront racism as a contributor to violence, and treat violence in the context of an epidemic of income inequality and chronic economic hardship that has been neglected in many communities for decades.
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union9 months ago
Some have suggested a ”school shooting” episode of Abbott Elementary to call attention to the nationwide crisis of attacks on our school communities. Creator, writer and actress Quinta Brunson responded: “Respectfully, Abbott Elementary the tv show is not a politician. Politicians are. They need to do something about it.”
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union9 months ago
Irma Garcia, wife and mother to four children, and a 4th grade teacher at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, is another educator killed in yesterday's attack. All of our love and sympathy goes out to her family and loved ones, and to all victims, families and the Robb community. 💔
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union9 months ago
Today marks two years since the death of George Floyd, and our society is still not well. We often talk about healing, but it’s not healing we seek in the face of tragedy…heartache will always be there. What we need is change, so that others will never feel that same pain. ❤️
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Main Hashtags

  • #FairContractNow
  • #PutItInWriting
  • #StandWithCTU
  • #RedForEd

Specific Hashtags

Use these hashtags with posts that fit them. For example, #ClassSizeMatters with a photo post of your overcrowded room.

  • #SolidarityFriday
  • #PrepTime
  • #TeachersPrepare
  • #ClassSizeMatters
  • #FairPay
  • #StaffOurSchools
  • #WomensWorkEqualPay
  • #SanctuarySchools

What We Are Fighting For

Our contracts and our unity give us the power to thwart administrators’ attempts to play us against one another and improve our working conditions so we can best serve our students’ needs. Together, in unity, we can win a better contract, better working conditions — and better schools.
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Smaller Class Sizes

All students need individual attention from their teachers.
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Fair Pay & Benefits

CPS needs to stop short-changing the people who make our schools work.
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Fully Staffed Supports

We will not tolerate the continued elimination of essential positions.
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Justice for Families

CTU fights for social justice in the areas of affordable housing, sanctuary schools, sustainable community schools, and restorative justice

Take Action

Whatever we do, we’ll do it together. You have a part to play.

All CTU members and supporters can show up and be heard at our events. CTU educators in the schools have a special role to play in uniting with coworkers and getting everyone strike ready. Whether we need to strike or not, our readiness shows the Board that, together, we’ll fight to win.

 

Resources

Our Union is powerful if we are united and organized. 

Build Contract Action Teams, reach out to parents and community members, and wear red together every Friday. If we get strike ready, we can win a contract that will improve our schools and our lives.

 

Bargaining Timeline

The timeline below illuminates the path we’re taking, guided by two motivations:

  1. Union members in the schools drive the priorities of the campaign.
  2. We meet our legal obligations under the infamous Section 4.5 of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act (IELRA).

Follow the timeline see where we are and where we’re going as we lead up to a potential strike and/or the resolution we’re seeking in a fair contract.

 

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Use Your Teacher Voice

Every voice matters—including yours. No-one can tell your story or your school’s story like you can. Send the CTU a brief (15-30 second) video about what your classroom and school needs, and what your students could achieve if those needs were met. We’re composing an anthem—and every voice lifted and singing this tune amplifies our mighty chorus.

District Contract Bargaining Q&A

As we bargain a new contract for nearly 25,000 teachers, clinicians and PSRPs, many wonder where this process is going and what to expect. No one here has a crystal ball, but what we can answer, we have answered in this Q&A page.

More About Our Contract Campaign

Contract Campaign Central
Tentative Agreement Vote Resources
Meetings on the TA
Latest Bargaining Update
Answers About Strike Loans, etc.
Solidarity from Allies
Social Media / CTU Speaks! Podcast

General CTU Announcement

Administrative Transfer Window

Teachers will be able to transfer schools for Spring 2023 without principal permission from Saturday, October 8, 2022 to Tuesday, November 22, 2022.

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