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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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A look at Mayor Lightfoot’s broken parking promises during the pandemic regarding limiting parking tickets to public-safety related items only. Overall, about 70 percent of tickets citywide were issued for reasons the mayor had suggested would be given a pass.
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Our union has formally supported the Civilian Police Accountability Council proposal since 2015. Tomorrow, Ward ES teacher Tara Stamps join alders Carlos Rosa and Jeanette Taylor, and Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression Executive Director Frank Chapman to discuss this important issue.
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Chicago Teachers Union5 hours ago
There are more than 4 million public, private and charter school teachers in the United States. The typical teacher is a woman in her early 40s. Over the summer, NPR and Ipsos surveyed a national sample of teachers, and we found that about half had children under 18 at home.
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Chicago Teachers Union6 hours ago
Rank-and-file CTU members grade CPS on remote learning as week three of the school year starts, focusing on elementary school and in-person work conditions for clerks and clinicians.
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Powerful elites are willing to sacrifice the lives and futures of millions to feed their own profits. Teachers are fighting back.
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The struggle is real.

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

COVID19 Info & Action

Learn more about how CTU is working with Chicago Public Schools to make sure our schools are safe and secure. Learn more and take action to demand emergency response from CPS and the mayor.

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