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The Chicago Teachers Union Remembers 9/11

CHICAGO, Sept. 1, 2021 — The Chicago Teachers Union issued the following statement on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11: “On this day, we honor the nearly 3,000 men, women and children who died on September 11, 2001. These beloved souls were flight attendants,...
Fall 2021 COVID-Related FAQ

Fall 2021 COVID-Related FAQ

Get answers to Fall 2021’s most frequently asked questions about COVID safety, benefit days, quarantines, clinician spaces, evaluations and more.

Charter headlines for the week ending Sept. 10, 2021

Almost 90 percent of unionized charter schools have negotiated safety agreements with CTU that include testing, screening and increased staffing. CTU-ACTS has established a health insurance committee seeking to provide an improved and less expensive benefits package. And, after threats to close, Youth Connections Leadership Academy will remain open for another year.

Resolution on Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Approximately 1.6% of total fund assets of CTPF members’ retirement savings, are invested in 225 small cap and passive strategy funds, totaling $242.3 million that include fossil fuel industries. Disinvestment from these funds will indicate that such an action is a step toward undermining financial support of an industry responsible for the devastation of the planet.

Resolution on Pension Default, Not Pension Holiday

“Pension holiday” is actually pension default worded in a way that is intended to portray the default as causing little harm or even as something positive. So, CTU will remind members and the media to use accurate language (“pension default” not “pension holiday”) in oral and written communications regarding non-payment of the employer’s pension payment that has been required.

August 24 bargaining update

The mayor has touted layered mitigations as successful for our schools. Those mitigations are from the MOU we fought for last spring — she has yet to agree to them for this fall. Those strategies worked at a time when only 25% of our families returned their children to schools last winter and spring. Yet today, we have 100% of our families returning. How does this make sense?

Sign up for an upcoming safety training

Get your school’s Safety Committee up and running! The building-level safety committees are your frontline defense against unsafe conditions in your school. They provide a way to escalate safety issues to the principal directly. Join current Safety Committee members...

Policy Fellowship Applications Due Sept. 17

Led by CTU members and supported by our national union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the CTU Teacher Leader Policy Fellowship provides members an opportunity to expand advocacy and leadership skills, meet with researchers and decision-makers in Chicago and Illinois, and support the vital work of the CTU. Applications are due September 17, 2021.