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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

May 22 Keep the Promise rally for a fair contract
Chicagoans must have the right to elect their school board. Teachers must have the right to bargain on staffing and

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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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Chicago Teachers Union3 hours ago
“Of course, it will be remote learning from the classroom. Almost all of our kids are remote.”
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Chicago Teachers Union7 hours ago
Donald Trump Jr., sitting in front of a wall of guns railing against teachers' unions, is a less relevant, more pathetic page right out of his father's playbook. But junior represents a greater sentiment nationwide, where there's more anger directed at unions for not listening to "science" than there is at school districts for not taking measures to truly make schools safe.
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Chicago Teachers Union10 hours ago
A worker in the middle of a union drive at Windy City Cannabis talks about how low pay, dangerous working conditions under COVID-19, and a lack of “democratic control” on the job led him and his coworkers to organize.
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Chicago Teachers Union17 hours ago
The mayor went from having no plan for vaccinating educators prior to returning to in-person instruction, to lying and misrepresenting educator demands for vaccinations, to a proposal that would make vaccination a condition of employment. Make it make sense.
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Chicago Teachers Union1 day ago
In the latest data shared Wednesday, roughly 22 percent of Latino students, 30 percent of Black students and 55 percent of white students are slated to return to in-person instruction during March. “The focus on grades, testing and compliance during a pandemic feels ignorant of the more pressing needs of our communities."
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Chicago Teachers Union2 days ago
Union welder Nate Venturelli, a member of United Steelworkers Local 12775 in Porter, Ind., wrote “Union Man” about his late grandfather Larry Venturelli, who was president of USW Local 1053 in Riverdale, Ill., and a truck driver at Acme Steel Co. The elder Venturelli passed away in 1992 at the age of 54 from a heart attack.
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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 will be able to transfer schools for Spring 2021 without principal permission between November 22, 2020 and January 6, 2021.

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