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Campaign: Fighting for Fair Contracts

Teachers and staff at both charter and district-run schools returned to work this fall in full fighting mode for the contracts we deserve. Teachers and staff at more than 30 charter schools are fighting for new contracts. The current contract for educators at district-run schools expires in June of 2019.

Contract Campaign News

Have you seen CICS CEO Liz Shaw?
Strikers to take educational demands directly to CICS CEO
1PM TODAY, Monday, 2/11: Protest, delegation to CICS CEO 11 E. Adams St., Chicago Sunday night bargaining makes clear that
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solidarity rally
TODAY 1PM: Solidarity rally with CICS strikers as pressure on CICS mounts to settle
1PM Sat., 2/9: Rally with CICS strikers, CTU HQ, 1901 W. Carroll. Please RSVP @ chrisgeovanis@ctulocal1 so we can reserve
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We won't trade our students' needs for a raise.
Shady CICS finances prompts legislators to call hearing on management structures
12:45PM Fri.: press availability before state legislative hearing, 160 N. LaSalle St. 1PM Fri.: IL General Assembly subject matter hearing,
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Our contract is powerful

Educators at district-run schools won new protections in our 2015-19 contract around reduced paper­work, class size reductions, fewer standardized tests, job security, more grading autonomy, 15 minute preps, limitations on REACH, school staffing and other critical resources.

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.

Our greatest power lies in our unity, when administrators know their staff won’t tolerate — and will fight collectively — against violations of our rights. An active Professional Problems Committee and unity among staff are key to making our contract work for us in each school.

Together, in unity, we can win a better contract, better working conditions — and better schools.

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

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

The Schools Chicago’s Students Deserve 2.0

This 2018 update to CTU’s 2012 report provides a counter-narrative to the corporate agenda on education and highlights the role of CTU’s campaigns, including for contracts, in fighting it.

Read the Report