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Defend the CTU Six
CPS CEO Forrest Claypool and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s handpicked Chicago Board of Education are targeting Union teachers for standing up
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After powerful, inspiring @CTULocal1 all-member meeting, heading to CPS for 3:45P press conf/4P hearing on budget, which CUTS nurses/librarians/social workers/school funds. Those equity promises? #PutItInWriting @chicagosmayor in enforceable #FairContractNow https://t.co/U3KYSYf2gS CTULocal1 photo
2 days ago
Be like Hello Kitty...

And Call 📞 Mayor Lightfoot right now at 312-744-3300.

Tell her to put her promises in writing. Schools need:
Nurses, librarians, counselors, smaller class sizes, decent pay raise for teachers
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2 days ago
Jesse: The money is there for our schools and our contract. Look at your taxes. There’s 1 billion more in pension levys, new evidence based budgeting, the new funding formula and that doesn’t include the 100s in million in TIF money #FairContractNow
2 days ago
You can be sassy and call Mayor Lightfoot now!

Call 📞 Mayor Lightfoot right now at 312-744-3300.

Tell her to put her promises in writing. Schools need:
Nurses, librarians, counselors, smaller class sizes, decent pay raise for teachers
#FairContractNow #standwithCTU https://t.co/oniYIhEXHJ
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A school is more than just a place where students learn. It's the heart of a community.
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Solidarity!
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Nearly three in four Americans think teachers should be paid more, the poll shows.
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This is our school district in a nutshell:

Yvette McCaskill, from Morrill Math and Science Elementary on the Southwest Side, said her school library was shuttered and the librarian redirected to fill a special education vacancy, while McCaskill was asked to teach a class for English language learners.

1. McCaskill is not bilingual.
2. Why is a librarian teaching special ed?
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Chicago Teachers Union2 days ago
Press conference outside Lightfoot/CPS budget hearing!
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Teachers Union2 days ago
After a powerful, inspiring all-member meeting, heading to CPS for 3:45P press conference and 4P hearing on proposed FY2020 budget, which CUTS nurses, librarians, social workers, and budgets for over 200 schools. Those equity promises? #PutItInWriting, @chicagosmayor in an enforceable #FairContractNow!

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.

 

Tuesday
August
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CTU All-Member Meeting

Wednesday
August
28
Board of Education Rally

Saturday
August
31
South Side Labor Day Parade

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.

 

    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.
    General CTU Announcement

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