Getting students, families vaccinated is key to a safe reopening in the fall.read more
Mayor Lightfoot’s CPS team needs to go beyond the bare minimum of engagement and provide additional safety through more school-based vaccinations and increased nurse, counselor, case manager and social worker staffing.
Educators, students and families want to feel confident about heading back to schools, so the sooner we have clear, actionable plans for increased staffing, vaccinations and safety measures, the better for all of us.
The social justice unionism that Karen instilled as president of the Chicago Teachers Union now serves as a nationwide model, and has not only restored our rights, but emboldened parents and communities to advocate for their children.
Union leaders and educators will meet at 4 p.m. today at City Hall to present budget concerns around school staffing, capital improvements and long-term district sustainability.
Today’s bargaining session with CPS, our seventh so far, was, in a nutshell, frustrating. The district has yet to respond in writing to the comprehensive proposal we sent them almost two weeks ago — a proposal that focuses on safety for our members, the most basic...
CTU members door-knock to connect families with COVID shots, as Lightfoot resists 80% targets for student vaccinations
Lightfoot’s CPS team has not yet committed to the kind of grassroots outreach needed to maximize vaccination access in hard-hit communities, which have suffered from segregation, disinvestment and inequity for decades. 3:30 p.m., Wed., July 14: press conference with...
Mayor Lightfoot has record resources for schools and city, but continues to fall short in equitably investing in critical needs
The 443 educator layoffs in Chicago Public Schools underscore ongoing failure of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s handpicked Board of Education to provide every school community with adequate funding for basic needs. CHICAGO, July 13, 2021 — The Chicago Teachers Union issued...
We have been clear about what our members, our students and their families need to return to school and, more broadly, to begin the long road to recover from the pandemic.
Apply by July 23, 2021. The Chicago Teachers Union is looking to fill an Organizer position. CTU Organizers play a key role in our fight to enforce our contract, strengthen and grow our union, and win good schools for all.
Mayor's CPS team must invest $1.8 billion in COVID relief for desperately needed safety, supports for traumatized students, and support 80% vax targets for school communities. CHICAGO, July 9, 2021 — The Chicago Teachers Union issued the following statement today in...
The CTU proposal for the fall would set a baseline of 80 percent vaccination rates for eligible students and school communities, strengthen ventilation requirements, connect members in need of accommodations with CPS “Virtual Academy” positions and invest in school community needs.
CTU budget trainings educate and empower members to challenge budget priorities and advocate for school needs.
Charter operator receives 15% funding increase — yet lays off 1/6th of teachers for at-risk youth, proposes paltry wage increase that will widen wage gap between charter and nearly all other CPS and charter staff. 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 7: press conference with...
Governor Pritzker signed a bill into law that extends last summer’s emergency COVID state unemployment insurance statute through September 4, 2021 — making most of our PSRPs eligible for unemployment benefits over this summer.
CTU officers Jesse Sharkey, Stacy Davis Gates, Christel Williams Hayes and Maria Moreno sent this bargaining update to rank and file members on June 29. Sisters and Brothers: It’s finally summer — and we are bargaining! Today we met with CPS as part of a regular...
Our podcast, CTU Speaks! is hosted by Andrea Parker and Jim Staros. We’ll chat about our union, enforcing our contract, and our fight for the schools our students and educators deserve.