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  • Contract survey conducted to get member feedback

    Contract survey conducted to get member feedback
  • Members submit 400+ contract proposals

    Members submit 400+ contract proposals
  • PPC meets 6+ times to vet proposals and make recommendations

    Photo of 32 members of the CTU bargaining team
  • EBoard and HoD approve recommendations of bargaining priorities

    EBoard and HoD approve recommendations of bargaining priorities
  • EBoard and HoD approve contract proposals

    EBoard and HoD approve contract proposals
  • CTU delivers proposals to CPS and begins regular bargaining

    CTU fights for students!
  • Mediation requested and begins

    Mediation requested and begins
  • Fact Finding requested and begins

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  • Fact Finding hearing

    Mayor Lightfoot, keep your promise.
  • Fact Finding report is officially issued

    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.

  • All Member Contract Meeting

    All Member Contract Meeting

    At the all-member CTU meeting on Tuesday, August 20 we discussed the status of bargaining for a new contract—and next steps as members readied themselves to start a new school year and accelerate our struggle for the contract our members, students and school communities deserve.

  • Fact Finders Report Rejected

    CTU’s major officers and rank and file members gather at the press conference

    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.

    Fact-finder materials

  • Delegates Set Dates for Strike Authorization Vote

    CPS put it in writing!

    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.

  • CAT Training Sept. 7

    CAT Training Sept. 7

    In preparation for the strike authorization vote, CTU will conduct a Contract Action Team training at the CTU Center from 1-3pm on Saturday, September 7 and, again, on Saturday, September 21.

    Register

  • CAT Training Sept. 21

    CAT Training Sept. 21

    In preparation for the strike authorization vote, CTU will conduct a Contract Action Team training at the CTU Center from 1-3pm on Saturday, September 7 and, again, on Saturday, September 21.

    Register

  • Members Vote on Strike Authoriz­ation

    Members Vote on Strike Authoriz­ation

    All CTU members must vote on whether to authorize the union to strike. Authorization does not ensure a strike, but allows the 800-member House of Delegates to set a strike date if it becomes necessary to win a fair contract.

  • House of Delegates Meets

    House of Delegates Meets

    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.

  • Strike Deadline

    Strike Deadline

    If members do not have an acceptable contract in hand, we will be on strike starting Thursday, October 17.

Bargaining Timeline

Bargaining Timeline

Members SurveyedSpring through September 2018
Members Make 400+ ProposalsOctober 2018
Vetting ProposalsNovember 2018
Priorities ApprovedDecember 2018
Proposals ApprovedJanuary 2019
Bargaining BeginsJanuary 15, 2019
Mediation BeginsMay 1, 2019
Fact-Finding BeginsMay 15, 2019
Fact-Finding HearingJuly 18-19, 2019
Fact-Finder Report IssuedAugust 8, 2019

Fact Finding report is officially issued

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.

All Member Contract MeetingAugust 20, 2019, 1-3pm

All Member Contract Meeting

All Member Contract Meeting

At the all-member CTU meeting on Tuesday, August 20 we discussed the status of bargaining for a new contract—and next steps as members readied themselves to start a new school year and accelerate our struggle for the contract our members, students and school communities deserve.

Fact-Finder Report RejectedAugust 26, 2019

Fact Finders Report Rejected

CTU’s major officers and rank and file members gather at the press conference

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.

Fact-finder materials

Dates Set for Strike Authorization VoteSeptember 4, 2019

Delegates Set Dates for Strike Authorization Vote

CPS put it in writing!

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.

Contract Action TrainingSeptember 7, 2019

CAT Training Sept. 7

CAT Training Sept. 7

In preparation for the strike authorization vote, CTU will conduct a Contract Action Team training at the CTU Center from 1-3pm on Saturday, September 7 and, again, on Saturday, September 21.

Register

Contract Action TrainingSeptember 21, 2019

CAT Training Sept. 21

CAT Training Sept. 21

In preparation for the strike authorization vote, CTU will conduct a Contract Action Team training at the CTU Center from 1-3pm on Saturday, September 7 and, again, on Saturday, September 21.

Register

Members Vote on Strike Authoriz­­ationSeptember 24, 25 and 26, 2019

Members Vote on Strike Authoriz­ation

Members Vote on Strike Authoriz­ation

All CTU members must vote on whether to authorize the union to strike. Authorization does not ensure a strike, but allows the 800-member House of Delegates to set a strike date if it becomes necessary to win a fair contract.

Delegates Meet Following Member VoteOctober 2, 2019

House of Delegates Meets

House of Delegates Meets

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.

Strike DeadlineOctober 17, 2019

Strike Deadline

Strike Deadline

If members do not have an acceptable contract in hand, we will be on strike starting Thursday, October 17.

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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  • #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

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