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Bargaining for the Schools Chicago Students Deserve

Together, our union fights to win.

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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 Union1 day ago
Rank-and-file CTU members have voted to re-elect the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) leadership slate of President Stacy Davis Gates, Vice President Jackson Potter, Financial Secretary Maria Moreno and Recording Secretary Christel Williams-Hayes to a three-year term.
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Chicago Teachers Union2 days ago
Our school district recently discovered that one of its vendors, Battelle For Kids, was hacked and had 500,000 student records and 56,000 staff records stolen. The breach included students’ names, schools, dates of birth, gender, CPS identification number, state student identification number, class schedule information and scores on course-specific assessments used for teacher evaluations.
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Chicago Teachers Union2 days ago
Among the more shocking moments during yesterday's City Council hearing on the CPS budget was listening to CPS take credit for all the staffing gains that Mayor Lightfoot forced our members to strike for in 2019.
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union2 days ago
So, we did a little thing at the Board of Ed and City Hall this week with a few hundred charter educators demanding responsible oversight of charter operators, and that Mayor Lightfoot and her CPS team use federal COVID relief funds the right way and support charter students, families and school communities. Happy Solidarity Friday!
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Chicago Teachers Union3 days ago
“It is heartbreaking, watching your parents struggle…The blessing for me always was, somebody always showed up for us. The community did. And that’s always made me love community.”
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union3 days ago
Our sincere condolences and wishes for healing for Comer College Prep, Herzl School of Excellence, Simeon Career Academy, Kelly College Prep, Gallistel Elementary, Zapata Academy, Carnegie Elementary and every school community that has lost a student, educator or staff member this year.
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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

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