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Our Path to a New Contract

When CTU officers and staff began planning this contract campaign, there was no sign that negotiations would happen in a whole new Chicago. Rahm seemed poised to continue his assault on our schools, our union and our city.

Years of protesting, talking to parents, community members and the press and, yes, striking began to pay off, though. The public embraced our call for the schools Chicago’s students deserve and the trials and tribulations of the last several years have positioned us to win a contract that enshrines fair pay and benefits, smaller class sizes, full staffing and justice for families. We now have some $1 billion in new funding for CPS, we have a new mayor, we have a new board of education and we have new challenges, too.

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).

The timeline above highlights 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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Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union1 hour ago
As educators begin escalating actions for safety in our schools, it's worth looking back at the crucial role that Local School Councils took in the lead up to K-8 reopening. Parents, students and community members have a voice, too. United we are powerful!
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union3 hours ago
“He just had his whole life taken away from him. We had our hearts pulled out of our chests. He was my baby."
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union5 hours ago
LIVE: CTU members, staff and officers discuss high school reopening and issues that remain on the bargaining table in our negotiation for a safe return to classrooms.
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union19 hours ago
Do you know a paraprofessional or other colleague who wants to become a teacher? Nominate them for Grow Your Own Teachers! Grow Your Own will contact nominees to explain the support that GYO provides to aspiring teachers and assist them in applying for GYO in advance of its April 30, 2021 deadline for the Chicago-area GYO program. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdBhCPONDWbDo1OtefGwTs1xc4okjdA_sfanXL1SzRCnE1t1Q/viewform
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union24 hours ago
In the last decade, the Chicago Park District has removed 12 of 16 basketball courts from neighborhoods that have doubled and tripled in value, further marginalizing communities facing displacement.
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union1 day ago
This is an essential read. The work we do for our students is not just inside of school buildings. We must meet them where they are, and where their larger needs are in their communities.
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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

More from the 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

CTU Speaks! Podcast

Our podcast, CTU Speaks! is hosted by Andrea Parker and Jim Staros. We’ll chat about our union, enforcing our contract, and our fight for the schools our students and educators deserve.

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