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Bargaining for the Schools Chicago Students Deserve

Together, our union fights to win.

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2019-24 Contract Ratification Vote Totals
The tentative agreement reached on October 31 between the Board of Education and the Chicago Teachers Union was ratified by
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Remembering Chairman Fred today on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Education is everything, then and now, and without it, even the oppressed can become the oppressors.
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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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  • Contract survey conducted to get member feedback

    Contract survey conducted to get member feedback
  • Members submit 400+ contract proposals

    Members submit 400+ contract proposals
  • PPC meets 6+ times to vet proposals and make recommendations

    Photo of 32 members of the CTU bargaining team
  • EBoard and HoD approve recommendations of bargaining priorities

    EBoard and HoD approve recommendations of bargaining priorities
  • EBoard and HoD approve contract proposals

    EBoard and HoD approve contract proposals
  • CTU delivers proposals to CPS and begins regular bargaining

    CTU fights for students!
  • Mediation requested and begins

    Mediation requested and begins
  • Fact Finding requested and begins

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  • Fact Finding hearing

    Mayor Lightfoot, keep your promise.
  • Fact Finding report is officially issued

    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.

  • All Member Contract Meeting

    All Member Contract Meeting

    At the all-member CTU meeting on Tuesday, August 20 we discussed the status of bargaining for a new contract—and next steps as members readied themselves to start a new school year and accelerate our struggle for the contract our members, students and school communities deserve.

  • Fact Finders Report Rejected

    CTU’s major officers and rank and file members gather at the press conference

    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.

    Fact-finder materials

  • Delegates Set Dates for Strike Authorization Vote

    CPS put it in writing!

    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.

  • CAT Training Sept. 7

    CAT Training Sept. 7

    In preparation for the strike authorization vote, CTU will conduct a Contract Action Team training at the CTU Center from 1-3pm on Saturday, September 7 and, again, on Saturday, September 21.

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  • CAT Training Sept. 21

    CAT Training Sept. 21

    In preparation for the strike authorization vote, CTU will conduct a Contract Action Team training at the CTU Center from 1-3pm on Saturday, September 7 and, again, on Saturday, September 21.

    Register

  • Members Vote on Strike Authoriz­ation

    Members Vote on Strike Authoriz­ation

    All CTU members must vote on whether to authorize the union to strike. Authorization does not ensure a strike, but allows the 800-member House of Delegates to set a strike date if it becomes necessary to win a fair contract.

  • House of Delegates Meets

    House of Delegates Meets

    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.

  • Strike Deadline

    Strike Deadline

    If members do not have an acceptable contract in hand, we will be on strike starting Thursday, October 17.

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 can transfer schools without principal permission between November 15, 2019 and January 2, 2020.

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