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Find resources to share educators’ voices on what our schools need, what makes a fair contract and how we stand united and strong.
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What We Are Fighting For
Smaller Class Sizes
Fair Pay & Benefits
Fully Staffed Supports
Justice for Families
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.
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.
The timeline below illuminates the path we’re taking, guided by two motivations:
- Union members in the schools drive the priorities of the campaign.
- 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.
The Fact-Finding Report was issued on August 11, 2019. Click below to watch the CTU’s press conference following its release. The press conference begins at the 2:00 mark and you will need to manually turn on sound by pressing the icon in the frame.
You can also read our response to the Fact-Finding Report’s initial release to get more context.
On August 25, we rejected the fact-finder’s ruling in favor of CPS, after laying out in extensive detail both why CPS can afford our contract demands and why they should enshrine them in an enforceable contract with our members, after laying out in extensive detail both why CPS can afford our contract demands and why they should enshrine them in an enforceable contract with our members. Download our briefs, slide presentation and notes to learn more about why CPS can afford our demands – and why our members and students deserve what we’re bargaining for.
At the September 4 House of Delegates meeting, the vote was unanimous that the union will conduct citywide balloting to authorize a strike over the period of September 24, 25 and 26, 2019. This authorization doesn’t guarantee a strike will happen. If approved by at least 75% of CTU members, the House of Delegates would be provided the authority to set a strike date if and when it decides that a strike is necessary to win a fair contract.
The next regularly scheduled House of Delegates meeting following the Strike Authorization Vote will be Wednesday, October 2, 2019. At this point, delegates will assess the vote, the situation in bargaining and sentiment among their colleagues to make decisions about next steps. The next steps could include a strike. A strike date can only be set by vote of the House of Delegates.
Use Your Teacher Voice
District Contract Bargaining Q&A
Our new podcast, CTU Speaks! is hosted by rank-and-file CTU members Andrea Parker and Jim Staros. We’ll chat about our union, enforcing our new contract, and our fight for the schools our children and educators deserve.