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President Sharkey welcomes educators back to a new school year
As most CTU members return to work, President Jesse Sharkey shared this message of welcome and solidarity with our members.
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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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Can we clap back with some ACTUAL ANECDOTES to educate folks about what teachers actually use our daily teacher peeps for? The good, the bad, and the ugly. @chalkbeatCHI you missed the opportunity to educate folks so I’m hoping some friends will help me... #faircontractnow 12/12
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This is about better working condition for every educator in the one of the largest urban school districts in the country. This is about the 350,000+ students we serve and families we partner with. It’s always been about that. Don’t get it twisted. #faircontractnow 11/12
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because polarizing rhetoric and sound bites aren’t going to improve the profession or the state of our classrooms and experiences of our students. So although I trust MY principal and believe in our team, negotiations aren’t about me. #faircontractnow 10/12
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The conversation re: mandated principal-directed prep periods needs to be grounded in data (the qualitative info @RReddicliffe and I provided apparently didn’t make the cut 🙄) as does every aspect of contract negotiations... #faircontractnow 9/12
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We have an administration that values teachers, our time, our autonomy, and the importance of supporting educators in the roles we fulfill because we are a TEAM and we’ve built trust. But I have worked with 4 principals & it’s simply not the case everywhere #faircontractnow 8/12

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Solidarity with our SEIU Local 73 family!
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Solidarity with deans, office staff and nurses at CICS Civitas schools! This week, these vital staff members demanded union recognition, and filed for their union election with the National Labor Relations Board to join teachers and paraprofessionals at their schools. Can't wait to welcome you into the CTU family!
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Solidarity with our UAW International Union family.
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The Murphy Elementary school community joined forces with SEIU Local 73 and 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa for last week's Solidarity Friday. Together, we will fight for the city, the schools and the contract we all deserve.
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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.

 

Thursday
Sept
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Strike Ready Training

Saturday
Sept
21
Strike Ready Training

Sunday
Sept
22
CTU Tele-Town Hall

Tuesday
Sept
24
Thursday
Sept
26
Strike Authorization Vote

Wednesday
Sept
25
City Budget Youth Town Hall (Lindblom)

Monday
Sept
30
Strike Ready Training

Friday
Oct
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Saturday
Oct
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Sunday
Oct
6
CTU/SEIU Art Build

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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