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Bargaining for the Schools Chicago Students Deserve

Together, our union fights to win.

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Chicago Teachers Union17 hours ago
City Council Action Alert! Tell Your Alderman: Pass the People's Ordinance for Police Accountability Click below to contact them NOW! Empowering Communities for Public Safety (ECPS) is the people's ordinance for police accountability in Chicago — driven by the coalitions behind the Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) and Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA), allied alders, and thousands of Chicago residents. ECPS comes out of years of work from organizers and leaders on the ground in Chicago. It is what the people have been demanding and it is what they deserve. Tell your alderman to stand with the people of Chicago — not Mayor Lightfoot — and deliver police accountability through ECPS.
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union1 day ago
BREAKING: Black Labor Leaders Support the Empowering Communities for Public Safety Ordinance (ECPS). Full statement: bit.ly/2OzY84s “The ECPS ordinance has now gained the support of two aldermanic caucuses and will be coming up for a vote in the City Council Public Safety Committee in April. This is a historic moment in the decades-long struggle for police accountability and we, the undersigned Black Labor Leaders in the City of Chicago, would like to add our voices to those of the thousands of Chicagoans who support this long overdue ordinance.”
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union1 day ago
Student schedules, remote work for staff with no in-person students, work-from-home accommodations, and rising COVID infections and vaccinations for students and families are our concerns — all of which are reasonable and to ensure school and community safety.
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union2 days ago
Join the CFL for their annual women's event celebrating the working women of Chicago and Cook County!
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Federation of Labor
Join the CFL for our annual women's event celebrating the working women of Chicago and Cook County! This year's virtual event will explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and will feature women leaders from across the labor movement and beyond.
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union2 days ago
The CTU House of Delegates passed a resolution last night of unconditional solidarity with our Asian American and Pacific Islander educators, and everyone of AAPI descent. The Union recognizes all efforts at full equality for all oppressed people and nationalities, including AAPIs.
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union2 days ago
A federal judge will set a trial date today for a class action lawsuit filed by Black rank-and-file educators against the mayor's handpicked Board of Education and its racially discriminatory turnaround policy.
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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

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Tentative Agreement Vote Resources
Meetings on the TA
Latest Bargaining Update
Answers About Strike Loans, etc.
Solidarity from Allies
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