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Bargaining for the Schools Chicago Students Deserve

Together, our union fights to win.

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Contract Fight News

Ninety-four percent of Chicago Teachers Union educators vote to authorize strike
The Chicago Teachers Union this evening released totals of the Sept. 24-26 strike authorization vote. The CTU Rules and Election
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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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Alderman Vasquez’s office will have Bread For Ed free bagged lunches for students at his office (2406 W Bryn Mawr) between 11am - 3pm! Stop by! #CTUSEIUstrike #PutItInWriting #FairContractNow https://t.co/2zONJpelxr CTULocal1 photo
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Thread. It’s CPS not CTU that has had a lack of urgency. It wasn’t until we actually we went on strike that the city truly started negotiating. #PutItInWriting #FairContractNow #CTUSEIUstrike https://t.co/vM6aE7ySbt
7 hours ago
Much love to the CTU, students & their parents today! Demands and ways to support below. If you can’t be there in person, you can call @chicagosmayor’s office and demand Lightfoot put her promises in writing: 312-744-3300. #FairContractNow #CTUstrike https://t.co/5WxIPmBN2x CTULocal1 photo

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President Sharkey joining the picket line this morning at Gray Elementary.
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WATCH: Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey gives update on contract talks http://via.wgntv.com/mbG3t
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Day five. One day longer, one day stronger, as educators, parents, students and allies continue fighting for the schools—and the city—our students deserve. Stay safe and keep those picket lines strong! Full Monday schedule -> https://www.ctulocal1.org/posts/bargaining-update-2019-10-20/
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Some of our CTU brothers and sisters and SEIU Local 73 family remixed Lizzo's "Truth Hurts" and it's amazing.
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Bargaining update from rank-and-file CTU bargaining team and officers.
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Scenes from contract negotiations this weekend, and the rank-and-file CTU bargaining team setting the course for the future of Chicago’s public schools.
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‪This mother is also a fourth grade teacher at a local elementary school. And a hero.
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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.


    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
    Strike FAQ
    Take Action
    Solidarity from Allies
    Latest Bargaining Update
    What We're Fighting For
    Resources for Organizing
    Bargaining Timeline
    Social Media / CTU Speaks! Podcast

    General CTU Announcement

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