WHAT WE STAND FOR
BETTER PAY AND BENEFITS
CPS needs to stop short-changing the people who make our schools work. CTU will not accept excuses for continued neglect of teacher, clinician and PSRP pay and benefits.
FULLY STAFFED SCHOOLS
We will not tolerate the continued elimination of essential positions. We will fight for staffing commitments and good working conditions in all the areas that impact children’s learning.
SMALLER CLASS SIZES
All students need individual attention from their teachers. We cannot provide that level of attention when we have more than 40 students in a kindergarten or any other class.
JUSTICE FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES
Student learning also depends on what happens outside the classroom. CTU fights for social justice in the areas of affordable housing, sanctuary schools, Sustainable Community Schools, and restorative justice
On July 18 and 19, 2019, CTU presented our arguments to the fact-finding panel required under Section 4.5 of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act (IELRA) as we try to settle our contract with the Board of Education. Below, you can download and print an annotated version of the presentation that our representatives made to the fact-finders.
COMPARISON OF BARGAINING POSITIONS OF THE CTU, MAYOR LIGHTFOOT, AND CPS
|Issues||Chicago Teachers Union||Candidate Lightfoot||Mayor Lightfoot and CPS|
|Sustainable Community Schools||Supports the expansion from 20 to 75 of these schools with full wraparound services||Supported study and expansion, wants trauma support and training, after school and sports programs, Basic Educational Supports (BES)||Mayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team opposes community school expansion|
|Class prep and professional development||Supports 30 minutes of morning prep time for elementary teachers; more self-directed, reasonable calendar; plus a couple more holidays||Supported training in restorative justice practices, need time for that||Mayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team wants all prep time to be principal-directed, teachers in classrooms at minute their schedule starts and ready to teach|
|PSRP issues||Supports hiring 1,000 additional TAs plus other measures to achieve equity for women, Black and Latinx educators||Supported educator diversity, racial equity||Mayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team rejects these proposals|
|Early childhood education||Supports the development of these programs inside CPS schools||Supported the creation of early childhood zones||Mayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team rejects these proposals|
|Clinicians/Counselors||Supports comprehensive measures to ensure adequate time and appropriate workloads||Supported additional counselors for trauma support||Mayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team wants to issue tentative assignments for next year by June 15 instead of May 15, creating more uncertainty for educators|
|Special Education (SPED)||Supports hiring of more case managers and SPED teachers as well as more prep time to create better inclusion and more co-teaching||Supported adequate and appropriate SPED||Mayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team would delete SPED student ratio from the law (70/30), eliminate meeting designated for clinicians and SPED teachers to coordinate|
|REACH teacher evaluations||Supports more procedural transparency, reduced workload (skip a cycle for highly rated), no VAM, and better appeals process||Supported teacher diversity, but didn’t address the reality that Black teachers are hit hardest by REACH evaluation procedures||Mayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team wants to expand REACH evaluation for punitive rather than teaching purposes|
|Testing, paperwork, lesson plans||Supports educator autonomy and stipend to complete extra paperwork; focus on culturally relevant curriculum instead of testing; stop network mandates; no more SQRP rankings||Wanted more highly rated schools, but didn’t address how to create conditions for success in all schools; supported teacher diversity and CPS central office accountability||Mayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team opposes any restrictions on paperwork; want the right to increase the amount of testing; want to eliminate positive steps in last contract regarding grading practices|
|Affordable housing||Supports the expansion of affordable housing for educators, students and parents||Supported teacher diversity and the benefits of keeping educators in the city||Mayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team rejects these proposals|
|Staffing||Supports hiring counselors, nurses, and other clinicians at their national recommended ratios; hire more case managers; put a full-time librarian and restorative justice coordinator in every school||Supported racial equity, BES, trauma supports and training, nurse staffing, basic education supports, and the use of TIF funds to support schools and put a librarian in every school||Mayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team rejects these proposals|
|Class Size||Supports hard caps on class sizes and stipends if caps are exceeded; hire more TAs||Position unclear||Mayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team rejects these proposals|
|Salary||Supports raises for all educators, in particular a grade increase plus steps and lanes for PSRPs to address equity for women, Black and Latinx||Position unclear||Mayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team rejects these proposals|
|Charter schools||Supports continuing the moratorium on the expansion of charter schools||Position unclear||Mayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team wants to end the moratorium on the expansion of charter schools|
Member Access to Proposal Specifics
Our four main bargaining priorities are not the end of what we’re fighting for. Our proposal to CPS includes hundreds of specific contract changes to improve working conditions for PSRPs, clinicians and teachers.
CTU members can read the proposals in their entirety by logging into the MemberLink Portal. This members-only website is your area to update your contact information, read about the next House of Delegates meeting and more. A PDF download of our full set of proposals made to CPS in January can be found in the Quick Links section on the right-hand side of the page.