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Bargaining for the Schools Chicago Students Deserve

Together, our union fights to win.

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Contract Fight News

Thirty schools to receive extra staffing as needs grow from COVID-19, civil unrest
In a major contract win, the Chicago Teachers Union has finalized the process for 30 Chicago public schools to receive
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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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Chicago Teachers Union31 minutes ago
I am a public school teacher and I don't want to die. As the question of whether and how to reopen schools in the fall intensifies, with parents and especially politicians expressing their opinions, I want to ask: Has anyone asked what we want to do in the fall?
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Chicago Teachers Union2 hours ago
The project aims to address the lack of healthy food options on the West Side, which is considered a food desert.
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Chicago Teachers Union3 hours ago
Atlanta Public Schools propose starting school year with all virtual learning Atlanta Public Schools propose starting school year with all virtual learning Updated: July 10, 2020 - 6:27 PM ATLANTA — The new superintendent for Atlanta Public Schools has shared her proposal for how the district coul...
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Chicago Teachers Union9 hours ago
According to the poll, 57 percent of respondents said they support closing state economies again, with 34 percent saying they strongly support and 23 percent saying they somewhat support.
Chicago Teachers Union
Majority of Americans support closing economy again: poll
According to the poll, 57 percent of respondents said they support closing state economies again, with 34 percent saying they strongly support and 23 percent saying they somewhat support.
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Chicago Teachers Union12 hours ago
CPS refuses to discuss social distancing in schools and has balked at putting guarantees about other safety measures in writing. So we continue to demand safety and smaller class sizes. And once again, put it in writing.
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Chicago Teachers Union15 hours ago
Los Angeles educators say no to returning to classrooms if schools are not safe.

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 Fall 2020 without principal permission between April 8, 2020 and May 23, 2020.

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