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President Sharkey welcomes educators back to a new school year
As most CTU members return to work, President Jesse Sharkey shared this message of welcome and solidarity with our members.
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Find resources to share educators’ voices on what our schools need, what makes a fair contract and how we stand united and strong.

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11 hours ago
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will join the CTU and @SEIU73 in a rally for fair contracts, with striking UAW workers, suburban teachers, @SEIUhciimk, more: 7P, Tues., 9/24 https://t.co/W2BffIpN1H #PutItInWriting #FairContractNow #twill
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Rebutting today's distortions from @chipubschools and @chicagosmayor -- and demanding that they get serious at the bargaining table. #PutItInWriting #FairContractNow https://t.co/c1ms29june
13 hours ago
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again. It’s not just about teacher pay. It’s about resources for students. It’s about staffing and wraparound services. This is for the kids. #FairContractNow #PutItInWriting @CTULocal1 https://t.co/InmBEfFkls
13 hours ago
“I’ll strike for every single one of my students. I’ll strike for all my future students. I’ll strike for my two sons in CPS.” #PutItInWriting #FairContractNow @CTULocal1 https://t.co/UDWxNqY09M

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CTU members, wear your CTU red -- and be there!
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Mayor Lightfoot made inaccurate comments today regarding the current state of contract negotiations between our union and the district. CTU VP Stacy Davis Gates responded. Forcefully.
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‪BREAKING: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will be at the CTU Center next Tuesday at 7 p.m. for a joint solidarity rally with the CTU and SEIU Local 73. Details to come...‬
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Ogden-Jenner is red for ed and strike ready!!
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President Jesse Sharkey and VP Stacy Davis Gates respond to inaccurate remarks by the mayor and CPS bargaining team.
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Otis Elementary supports a fair contract!!
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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

What We Are Fighting For

Our contracts and our unity give us the power to thwart administrators’ attempts to play us against one another and improve our working conditions so we can best serve our students’ needs. Together, in unity, we can win a better contract, better working conditions — and better schools.
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Smaller Class Sizes

All students need individual attention from their teachers.
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Fair Pay & Benefits

CPS needs to stop short-changing the people who make our schools work.
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Fully Staffed Supports

We will not tolerate the continued elimination of essential positions.
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Justice for Families

CTU fights for social justice in the areas of affordable housing, sanctuary schools, sustainable community schools, and restorative justice

Take Action

Whatever we do, we’ll do it together. You have a part to play.

All CTU members and supporters can show up and be heard at our events. CTU educators in the schools have a special role to play in uniting with coworkers and getting everyone strike ready. Whether we need to strike or not, our readiness shows the Board that, together, we’ll fight to win.

 

Thursday
Sept
19
Strike Ready Training

Saturday
Sept
21
Strike Ready Training

Sunday
Sept
22
CTU Tele-Town Hall

Tuesday
Sept
24
Thursday
Sept
26
Strike Authorization Vote

Wednesday
Sept
25
City Budget Youth Town Hall (Lindblom)

Monday
Sept
30
Strike Ready Training

Friday
Oct
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Saturday
Oct
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Sunday
Oct
6
CTU/SEIU Art Build

Resources

Our Union is powerful if we are united and organized. 

Build Contract Action Teams, reach out to parents and community members, and wear red together every Friday. If we get strike ready, we can win a contract that will improve our schools and our lives.

 

Bargaining Timeline

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).

Follow the timeline see 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.

 

    Use Your Teacher Voice

    Every voice matters—including yours. No-one can tell your story or your school’s story like you can. Send the CTU a brief (15-30 second) video about what your classroom and school needs, and what your students could achieve if those needs were met. We’re composing an anthem—and every voice lifted and singing this tune amplifies our mighty chorus.

    District Contract Bargaining Q&A

    As we bargain a new contract for nearly 25,000 teachers, clinicians and PSRPs, many wonder where this process is going and what to expect. No one here has a crystal ball, but what we can answer, we have answered in this Q&A page.
    General CTU Announcement

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