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Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders to join CTU, SEIU at rally for fair contracts for Chicago workers

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders to join CTU, SEIU at rally for fair contracts for Chicago workers

7:00 p.m. Tuesday., Sept. 24: CTU/SEIU labor rally for fair contracts CTU HQ, 1901 W. Carroll Ave., Chicago CTU, SEIU Local 73 will be joined by UAW strikers, SEIU HCIL Mt. Sinai health workers, suburban teachers, grassroots groups to call for fair contracts that...
CTU and SEIU 73 need your creative art-design support

CTU and SEIU 73 need your creative art-design support

CTU and SEIU 73 are holding a community Art Build for public education in early October: Friday, October 4, 5:00pm-10:00pm; Saturday, October 5, 10:00am-10:00pm; and Sunday, October 6, 10:00am-7:00pm at CTU Center. The Art Build is modeled after recent public education/Red for Ed art builds in Los Angeles (UTLA) and Oakland (OEA).

CPS needs checks and balances to protect students

CPS needs checks and balances to protect students

Blistering DOE report and oversight is no guarantee that lack of accountability will end. CHICAGO, September 12, 2019—CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates issued the following statement in response to the federal Department of Education’s report on CPS’...
Remembering 9-11

Remembering 9-11

Firefighters and other first responders still need our help — and our support in Chicago. CHICAGO, September 11, 2019—CTU President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement on the anniversary of 9-11: “Today, we remember the lives lost on 9-11—the...
Sunday bargaining update, 9/22 tele-town hall, and next steps

CTU delegates vote unanimously to set date for strike authorization vote

Despite over a billion dollars in annual new revenue, few improvements – and many cuts – hammer hundreds of schools on first day of school. CHICAGO, September 4, 2019—While CPS is raking in more than $1 billion in new annual dollars this year, too many students...

Bargaining update: What’s on the table—and what must improve

An update on bargaining last week: We presented on issues that include REACH—proposing that highly rated (Proficient and Excellent), tenured members should be able to skip an evaluation cycle. We also presented moving to 25 steps for pay scales, and improving base pay...
As students return to school, time for mayor settle a fair contract

As students return to school, time for mayor settle a fair contract

5:00 a.m. Tues., Sept. 3: Press conference Juarez high school, 1450 W. Cermak Rd., Chicago High school loses $840,000 and nine teaching positions among hundreds of schools confronting budget cuts in new $7.7 billion CPS budget. CHICAGO—As students return for the first...
Labor Day: The backbone of our city is our workers

Labor Day: The backbone of our city is our workers

Labor unions anchor the commitment to bargain for the common good. CHICAGO, September 2, 2019—CTU President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today to mark Labor Day: Today we honor the working women and men who literally built this nation—the workers who...

CTU Teacher Leadership Program

Are you interested in how school policy is made and imposed on schools? Would you like to make that process work differently? Would you like to engage in a professional development experience that goes beyond what is typically offered?

As students return to school, time for mayor settle a fair contract

CTU to ask board to delay vote on budget until funds are allocated more equitably

9:30 a.m. Wed., August 28: Press conference CPS headquarters, 42 W. Madison, Chicago $7.7 billion budget cuts funds to over 200 schools, fails to address acute staffing shortages, overcrowding, students’ educational and support needs. CHICAGO—CTU members will...
CTU rejects factfinder report as CPS balks at putting promises to improve schools in writing

CTU rejects factfinder report as CPS balks at putting promises to improve schools in writing

CPS has yet to meaningfully address union proposals to alleviate critical staff shortages, hundreds of overcrowded classrooms and desperate resource shortages in school communities. Watch today’s press conference; download detailed explanation of rejection and...
Sunday bargaining update, 9/22 tele-town hall, and next steps

7A Mon. 8/26: CTU to formally respond to factfinder report, lay out next steps as union readies for strike

7:00 a.m. Monday., August 26: Press conference with CTU bargaining team Suder Montessori School, 2022 W Washington Blvd, Chicago Third round of mayorally imposed factfinding shows rigged nature of process, failure to address critical student needs and deteriorating...
Tuesday, August 20, 3:45P – CTU to testify in opposition to CPS budget cuts

Tuesday, August 20, 3:45P – CTU to testify in opposition to CPS budget cuts

3:45 p.m. TODAY, Tues, Aug. 20: Press conference, CPS/BOE budget hearings CPS central offices, 42 W. Madison, Chicago CTU officers, rank and file to testify against proposed budget cuts to schools, frontline staff Proposed FY 2020 CPS budget cuts funding to hundreds...