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Bargaining for the Schools Chicago Students Deserve

Together, our union fights to win.

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Tentative Agreement Vote Resources
Meetings on the TA
Latest Bargaining Update
Answers About Strike Loans, etc.
Solidarity from Allies
Social Media / CTU Speaks! Podcast

Contract Fight News

CTU members vote overwhelmingly to accept tentative agreement with CPS
New contract includes historic language to cut class sizes, put nurse and social worker in every school. CHICAGO, Nov. 15,
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Bilingual education programs in Chicago schools are paying off, according to a new study of academic achievements of English-learning students.
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NEW episode of the CTU Speaks! podcast talks to the nine union educators arrested for calling on mega developer Sterling Bay to return to schools some of the $1.3 billion in taxpayer money received to develop Lincoln Yards, and to 20th Ward alderwoman Jeannette Taylor about fighting for justice in the streets and in City Hall.
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On Fridays we celebrate CTU solidarity!!
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Students from immigrant families in Chicago who start kindergarten not knowing much English excel in the long run. The support they receive from their teachers is essential to their success.
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Within two weeks of Fred Hampton's murder, poet Haki Madhubuti (nee Don L. Lee) published a poem, “One Sided Shoot-Out,” about the incident in The Chicago Defender. Fifty years later, Chicago magazine commissioned Madhubuti to compose a new piece to commemorate the anniversary.
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Remembering Chairman Fred today on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Education is everything, then and now, and without it, even the oppressed can become the oppressors.
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Fred Hampton - On The Importance Of Education Prior To Action
Hampton founded the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party in November 1968 where he immediately established a community service program. This included t...
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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.


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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

Administrative Transfer Window

Teachers can transfer schools without principal permission between November 15, 2019 and January 2, 2020.

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