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Update on battles with charter school operators

Just as CPS has dragged its heels in bargaining while at the same time issuing backwards, ill-conceived and unworkable ‘guidance’ for remote learning in District schools, charter operators are also making dangerous or unworkable demands of workers and...

A comprehensive look at our veteran pay agreement with CPS

Chicago Public Schools dragged its feet on implementing the $25 million in additional pay for the most experienced teachers. Payments first came this summer and members had many questions about the implementation and what it meant for their own paychecks. We’ve answered as many as possible in this post.

CTU argues in landmark civil rights case that CPS practiced systemic racism in layoffs

Union argues that 2011 layoffs targeted Black educators in segregated schools even as district policies continue to decimate ranks of Black teachers and support staff. CHICAGO, September 16, 2020—For almost ten years, the CTU has been battling CPS in federal court on...
Trial tackles CTU effort to bar CPS from forcing school clerks back into buildings under unsafe conditions

Trial tackles CTU effort to bar CPS from forcing school clerks back into buildings under unsafe conditions

CPS admits COVID cases among CPS workers have tripled since May, with hundreds of school workers contracting COVID-19—and at least eight now dead—despite working in lightly populated buildings with very limited staff.   CHICAGO, September 16, 2020—The Chicago Teachers...
Charter operator moves to unilaterally close ChicagoQuest HS, with no input from families or staff

Charter operator moves to unilaterally close ChicagoQuest HS, with no input from families or staff

Chicago International Charter School board continues to balk at providing a portion of $35 million in public education dollars to support long under-resourced school serving Black and Brown families 3:45 p.m., Tues., Sept. 15: Press availability, CICS educators Via...
Bargaining Update: Clinicians bargaining

Bargaining Update: Clinicians bargaining

We bargained again today with CPS on issues specifically related to clinicians, particularly OT and PT workers, who CPS is seeking to force back into buildings to provide services to students—even though CPS has yet to fully develop a safety plan or consider remote options. Predictably, we have many concerns which we’ve raised with the Board as we continue to push them to move to remote therapy services.

School clerks’ unfair labor practice charge will go to trial

School clerks’ unfair labor practice charge will go to trial

A message to rank and file members from CTU Deputy General Counsel Thaddeus Goodchild: We’re planning for next steps on the unfair labor practice and grievance we’ve filed against CPS for forcing clerks and other workers into buildings without bargaining...
CTU, Fox32/My50 partner to put teachers on television to support families during remote learning

CTU, Fox32/My50 partner to put teachers on television to support families during remote learning

#WeStillTeach TV returns on September 19, connecting Chicago’s dynamic teaching force with families learning together at home. CHICAGO, September 10, 2020—The Chicago Teachers Union continues its partnership with Fox32/My50 to broadcast teacher-led educational...
CTU prepares for Wed. hearing on CPS labor violations, as CTU teachers start school year with hopes, concerns

CTU prepares for Wed. hearing on CPS labor violations, as CTU teachers start school year with hopes, concerns

Teachers pull back curtain on remote classrooms, as CTU plans for Labor Board hearing on refusal of Mayor’s school board to bargain on strategies to safeguard workers. 10:00 a.m., Wed., Sept. 9: Hearing, IL Educational Labor Relations Board Via Webex: link here....

On first day of school, CTU teachers eager to return to educating students despite concerns about CPS plan

Teachers will pull back curtain on what remote classrooms look like, as Mayor’s school board continues to refuse to bargain on strategies to improve remote learning for students. 7:00 a.m. Press Conference: CTU teachers, officers Via Zoom: Reporters,...
Return to school and remote work while accommodation request is pending

Clinicians: Next steps in securing safe working conditions

Public health guidance is clear: Any work that CAN be done remotely SHOULD be done remotely. The Chicago Teachers Union continues to lead with our values – including our conviction that students, members and their families deserve safety first and safety always. Every clinician who believes in-person work may be dangerous to them or their family without negotiated protections should email our template letter today.

Full update on eval, COVID testing, subs, supply money, SATs and other CPS bargaining

Clerks need COVID safety protocols before returning to buildings

CPS officials admit they have no full safety plan in place, nor is CPS ready to train workers on proper safety protocols, despite their demand that school clerks return to in-person work in school buildings today. After months of pressure from the Chicago Teachers...
Excessive Paperwork Arbitration Win for Washington HS Special Educators

Excessive Paperwork Arbitration Win for Washington HS Special Educators

The Union received a favorable decision in the arbitration of a grievance concerning excessive paperwork for special education teachers. The grievance, which arose at Washington High School, concerned additional paperwork requirements that CPS began to impose on special education teachers in 2016 as part of former CPS CEO Forrest Claypool’s scheme to deny students special education services.

Parents need clearer, accessible ways to support their children’s learning

Parents need clearer, accessible ways to support their children’s learning

Chicago Public Schools wants remote instruction to look like, and sound like, in-person instruction. Our members, however, feel that there should be innovation specific to remote learning that works for the needs of all educators and families. Between now and the...