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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.


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.


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.


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.


This contract has the potential to be an important milestone in the history of Chicago’s public education system. Mayor Lightfoot has the power to end years of bad educational policy and support CTU demands for real equity for students and their educators. Will she?
IssuesChicago Teachers UnionCandidate LightfootMayor Lightfoot and CPS
Sustainable Community SchoolsSupports the expansion from 20 to 75 of these schools with full wraparound servicesSupported 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 developmentSupports 30 minutes of morning prep time for elementary teachers; more self-directed, reasonable calendar; plus a couple more holidaysSupported training in restorative justice practices, need time for thatMayor 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 issuesSupports hiring 1,000 additional TAs plus other measures to achieve equity for women, Black and Latinx educatorsSupported educator diversity, racial equityMayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team rejects these proposals
Early childhood educationSupports the development of these programs inside CPS schoolsSupported the creation of early childhood zonesMayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team rejects these proposals
Clinicians/CounselorsSupports comprehensive measures to ensure adequate time and appropriate workloadsSupported additional counselors for trauma supportMayor 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-teachingSupported adequate and appropriate SPEDMayor 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 evaluationsSupports more procedural transparency, reduced workload (skip a cycle for highly rated), no VAM, and better appeals processSupported teacher diversity, but didn’t address the reality that Black teachers are hit hardest by REACH evaluation proceduresMayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team wants to expand REACH evaluation for punitive rather than teaching purposes
Testing, paperwork, lesson plansSupports educator autonomy and stipend to complete extra paperwork; focus on culturally relevant curriculum instead of testing; stop network mandates; no more SQRP rankingsWanted more highly rated schools, but didn’t address how to create conditions for success in all schools; supported teacher diversity and CPS central office accountabilityMayor 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 housingSupports the expansion of affordable housing for educators, students and parentsSupported teacher diversity and the benefits of keeping educators in the cityMayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team rejects these proposals
StaffingSupports 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 schoolSupported 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 schoolMayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team rejects these proposals
Class SizeSupports hard caps on class sizes and ­stipends if caps are exceeded; hire more TAsPosition unclearMayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team rejects these proposals
SalarySupports raises for all educators, in particular a grade increase plus steps and lanes for PSRPs to address equity for women, Black and LatinxPosition unclearMayor Lightfoot’s CPS Bargaining Team rejects these proposals
Charter schoolsSupports continuing the moratorium on the expansion of charter schoolsPosition unclearMayor 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.

If you have trouble logging into MemberLink, visit our MemberLink Help page for solutions to common problems and contact information for further support.
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