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Bargaining for the Schools Chicago Students Deserve

Together, our union fights to win.

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

Contract Fight News

strike VICTORY 5-6-19 CTU ACTS
Another charter victory: CTU members sign tentative agreement with charter operator Instituto
TA ends three day strike and wins smaller classes, wrap-around supports, sanctuary protections for immigrant students, contract protections for special
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Social Media Connection

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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6 days ago
Our @SPFE28 sisters and brothers are fighting for full-time nurse, social worker, counselor and behavior intervention specialist in every school. It can be done and we stand in solidarity as they bargain for the common good. #solidarity #faircontractnow https://t.co/0LexIFFYGZ
7 days ago
Solidarity!! #faircontractnow https://t.co/ZitsdoZPQT
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#UCSCstrike squeezed by high rents, wildcat strikers continue for a full week, while university administrators profit from real estate speculation. They need solidarity and national exposure. @CTULocal1 @MayaSchenwar @RalphNader @AGuthrie200 @RedwoodGirl https://t.co/sSfZuXYuH1 https://t.co/xNhlbdY0lu

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Chicago Teachers Union36 minutes ago
Discussing the past, present and future of Black educators in CPS—and nationwide—tomorrow night at CTU HQ. Join us.
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Latest fiasco in CPS over testing has the district placing blame on teachers and students instead of the system that is failing them both. Meanwhile, there are hardly any schools on the South and West sides with a librarian.
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Chicago Teachers Union16 hours ago
Public charter schools, long protected as a bipartisan way to expand school choice, are suddenly in a political battle as both parties shift to other priorities.
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Chicago Teachers Union1 day ago
North-Grand H.S. science teacher Mindy Chappell embodies the work of Black sheroes that came before her, including Katherine Johnson. "I am Katherine Johnson’s confident humility in letting the world know that, 'I don’t have a feeling of inferiority. Never had. I’m as good as anybody, but no better.'"
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Chicago Teachers Union1 day ago
Sick students need a special type of support, but not all teachers are trained in providing that support. That is why our nurses, social workers, counselors and special education hospital teachers like Victoria McClure are so valuable. Let teachers teach, and staff our schools properly to students get all the help they need.
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Chicago Teachers Union1 day ago
Solidarity with UAW workers at Oberlin College as they face mass layoffs from an administration that is placing more emphasis on dollars than the employees who have called the school home for decades.
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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.

Smaller Class Sizes

All students need individual attention from their teachers.

Fair Pay & Benefits

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

Fully Staffed Supports

We will not tolerate the continued elimination of essential positions.

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.



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.


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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.

More About Our Contract Campaign

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

General CTU Announcement

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