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Mayor Lightfoot has slashed support for girls’ flag football coaches

Will you write a letter to let Mayor Lightfoot and the Chicago Bears know what you think about them cutting stipends for girls flag football coaches? After the start of this year’s season, the mayor’s team sent an email to coaches, saying that the previously quoted coaching stipend amounts were incorrect and would be cut in half. Whaaaat?

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Next steps in fight for parental leave

Nothing prevents expanded parental leave from happening for our educators and support staff — except for the mayor’s obvious bias towards our overwhelmingly female and female-oriented workers in our schools.

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Tara Stamps creates her own legacy in honor of her mother

Being the daughter of civil rights icon Marion Stamps, Tara Stamps had some big shoes to fill. But, as an educator, organizer, two-time aldermanic candidate, brilliant orator and single mother of three, most people who know Stamps think she has some pretty big shoes of her own.

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CPS’ new calendar: has some alignment, and they refuse to bargain

Yet again, the mayor’s team at CPS has shown that they want CTU’s agreement without engaging us in collective bargaining. CPS reached out to CTU in December, shortly before the Winter Break, asking us to meet with them to get our “feedback” on the SY 23-24 calendar. We informed them that we were willing to meet to bargain with them over the calendar due to the repeal of section 4.5 of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. The mayor’s attorneys continued to deflect any bargaining obligation and said they’d “consider our input.” Their misinterpretation of their duty to bargain our calendar is another example of how the mayor’s team makes even the simplest endeavor impossible.

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Jan. 19: Get lead test at meeting on winning greener, healthier school facilities

The bottom line — with news about mercury contamination at Lane that was uncovered by a science teacher, lead at McClellan, and problematic wipes — is that we know we have to be vigilant and keep ourselves safe. Please consider attending our Thursday event to get your lead test and determine how to keep the pressure on CPS to work with CTU to address systemic facility issues.

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Notice of Election to Fill Citywide Delegate Vacancies

On February 6 and 7, 2023, remote nominations meetings will be held for citywide functional groups that have delegate vacancies. If there are more candidates than vacant positions, an electronic election will be held on February 13, 14, 15 and 16, 2023.

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CTU, SEIU, community allies to join Brandon Johnson in honoring MLK — and to advance Dr. King’s call for economic and social justice

CTU members will join fellow trade unionists, mayoral candidate Brandon Johnson and progressive champions from across the city at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 16 to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day. After the rally, which is being held at CTU headquarters at 1901 W. Carroll, participants will fan out for door-to-door canvasing, phone banking and more for progressive candidates — including Brandon — seeking election to City Hall in the February 28 election.

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Key issues raised at January 11 House of Delegates meeting

Last night, the House of Delegates held its first meeting of the new year, and delegates dug into a number of important issues that we want to summarize for members. For more details, please talk to your delegate and ask when the next union meeting in your building will take place. If you’re a delegate and need help setting up a meeting, please reach out to your Field Rep or organizer.

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