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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.
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:
- 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).
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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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.