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Bargaining for the Schools Chicago Students Deserve

Together, our union fights to win.

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Contract Fight News

CPS CEO Forrest Claypool and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s handpicked Chicago Board of Education are targeting Union teachers for standing up

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Middle school is tough for just about everyone, but for Black students, it can be even harder. That's because, in addition to learning algebra and coping with social awkwardness, they're often navigating an educational system that historically hasn't supported them.
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Sister Tami Love was a symbol of strength and power for her own family, and also for her Logan Square Neighborhood Association colleagues and community.
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There's no better way to start Women's History Month by remembering our people's champion, President Emerita Karen GJ Lewis.
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With elementary students returning for in-person classes, one principal said, “It’s not gonna work — we’ve got a foundation of toothpicks.”
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“Of course, it will be remote learning from the classroom. Almost all of our kids are remote.”
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Donald Trump Jr., sitting in front of a wall of guns railing against teachers' unions, is a less relevant, more pathetic page right out of his father's playbook. But junior represents a greater sentiment nationwide, where there's more anger directed at unions for not listening to "science" than there is at school districts for not taking measures to truly make schools safe.
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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.

 

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.

 

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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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