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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

Veteran educators striking against unfair labor practices
CPS is illegally reneging on its deal. Our 11-day strike forced CPS to recognize the contributions of its veteran teachers,

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Chicago Teachers Union54 minutes ago
As educators begin escalating actions for safety in our schools, it's worth looking back at the crucial role that Local School Councils took in the lead up to K-8 reopening. Parents, students and community members have a voice, too. United we are powerful!
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union3 hours ago
“He just had his whole life taken away from him. We had our hearts pulled out of our chests. He was my baby."
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union5 hours ago
LIVE: CTU members, staff and officers discuss high school reopening and issues that remain on the bargaining table in our negotiation for a safe return to classrooms.
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Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union19 hours ago
Do you know a paraprofessional or other colleague who wants to become a teacher? Nominate them for Grow Your Own Teachers! Grow Your Own will contact nominees to explain the support that GYO provides to aspiring teachers and assist them in applying for GYO in advance of its April 30, 2021 deadline for the Chicago-area GYO program. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdBhCPONDWbDo1OtefGwTs1xc4okjdA_sfanXL1SzRCnE1t1Q/viewform
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union24 hours ago
In the last decade, the Chicago Park District has removed 12 of 16 basketball courts from neighborhoods that have doubled and tripled in value, further marginalizing communities facing displacement.
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union1 day ago
This is an essential read. The work we do for our students is not just inside of school buildings. We must meet them where they are, and where their larger needs are in their communities.
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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

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