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Bargaining for the Schools Chicago Students Deserve

Together, our union fights to win.

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Meetings on the TA
Latest Bargaining Update
Answers About Strike Loans, etc.
Solidarity from Allies
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Contract Fight News

A strong contract is only as good as its enforcement
Some recent victories from the CTU Grievance Department!
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Chicago Teachers Union2 hours ago
Chicago public school educators have been threatened, trolled, locked out, gaslit, scorned, ignored, docked pay, forced to work in unsafe schools, fallen ill with COVID, seen friends and family infected with COVID, and died of COVID. Yet they persevere.
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Chicago Teachers Union5 hours ago
We don't know what kind of retaliation the mayor and CPS will impose. We have clerks who have had pay docked because they exercised their legal right to safety and remained working remotely. Help our returning educators who may be experiencing hardship.
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Chicago Teachers Union7 hours ago
President Biden is pushing Congress to approve another $170 billion for K-12 schools, colleges and universities to help them operate safely in person or facilitate remote learning.
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Chicago Teachers Union9 hours ago
BREAKING: Renowned physician Dr. Vin Gupta joins rank-and-file nurse Lorraine Coleman and our bargaining team to consult and provide guidance in Chicago public school educators' ongoing advocacy for a safe working and learning environment.
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Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union15 hours ago
Teachers and mentors who have worked with Gorman weren’t surprised to hear she’d been chosen to perform at the inauguration. From a young age, she had a reputation as a powerful writer and activist, working to help those in need.

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

CTU Speaks! Podcast

Our new podcast, CTU Speaks! is hosted by Andrea Parker and Jim Staros. We’ll chat about our union, enforcing our contract, and our fight for the schools our children and educators deserve.

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