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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 Union56 minutes ago
None of this is fair or easy. We are in a moment where no options are great, but we know safety must come first.
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union10 hours ago
The Lane Tech mascot is a "gross generalization about Native and Indigenous people," says freshman Derrick David, a member of the Menominee and Santo Domingo Pueblo tribes.
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union11 hours ago
The need to start the school year entirely remote has been obvious for weeks to families and educators, but not the mayor or CPS. Imagine if we had two months instead of one to plan and ensure students have supplies, devices and broadband Internet access.
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union14 hours ago
Only about 20% of Black and Latinx families intended to send their children back to school. About 41% of 49,000 elementary school parents and 38% of nearly 20,000 high school parents who responded said they did not intend to send their children back to school.
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union18 hours ago
With COVID-19 cases rising and pressure building, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS drop preliminary plans for both remote and in-person school.

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

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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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