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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 Union2 hours ago
Chicago public school educators have been threatened, trolled, locked out, gaslit, scorned, ignored, docked pay, forced to work in unsafe schools, fallen ill with COVID, seen friends and family infected with COVID, and died of COVID. Yet they persevere.
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union5 hours ago
We don't know what kind of retaliation the mayor and CPS will impose. We have clerks who have had pay docked because they exercised their legal right to safety and remained working remotely. Help our returning educators who may be experiencing hardship.
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union7 hours ago
President Biden is pushing Congress to approve another $170 billion for K-12 schools, colleges and universities to help them operate safely in person or facilitate remote learning.
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union9 hours ago
BREAKING: Renowned physician Dr. Vin Gupta joins rank-and-file nurse Lorraine Coleman and our bargaining team to consult and provide guidance in Chicago public school educators' ongoing advocacy for a safe working and learning environment.
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union15 hours ago
Teachers and mentors who have worked with Gorman weren’t surprised to hear she’d been chosen to perform at the inauguration. From a young age, she had a reputation as a powerful writer and activist, working to help those in need.

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

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