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CTU stands with CSO strikers as Mabie and fellow board members wage war on pensions for musicians and teachers

CTU stands with CSO strikers as Mabie and fellow board members wage war on pensions for musicians and teachers

Wealthy CSO board treasurer James Mabie co-founded ChiArts high school—and both outfits refuse to fund workers’ pensions. CHICAGO—Finance executives have salivated for decades at the prospect of getting their hands on workers’ retirement nest eggs and the...

Restoring Our Bargaining Rights

HB 2275, a bill to restore CTU’s bargaining rights, passed the House Labor committee and moves to the full House for a vote, potentially as soon as next week. The bill’s chief sponsor is Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin (D-10). The bill’s counterpart in...

2019 General Session Legislative Agenda

In the Illinois General Assembly (ILGA) this calendar year, CTU has worked with friendly elected officials to introduce a number of bills. The proposed legislation aims to improve the governance, funding, working conditions, and operations of the Chicago Public...
Chico and Vallas and their corporate mayoral candidate

Chico and Vallas and their corporate mayoral candidate

Lightfoot’s willingness to embrace worst predators in public school space underscores her unfitness for office.   CHICAGO, March 14, 2019—Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today in wake of the announcement that public...
7AM, Tues.: Teachers to oppose CPS test that undercuts newly arrived immigrant children

7AM, Tues.: Teachers to oppose CPS test that undercuts newly arrived immigrant children

Forcing non-English-speaking students to take high-stakes test robs children of valuable learning time and undercuts students’ education, charge teachers, who urge CPS to support parents who want to opt out their children. CHICAGO—A third of Chicago’s public school...
Educators, families, community groups to protest today demanding that Ald. Cappleman cancel Thursday’s Zoning Committee Vote on Lincoln Yards

Educators, families, community groups to protest today demanding that Ald. Cappleman cancel Thursday’s Zoning Committee Vote on Lincoln Yards

CPS parents, students and teachers call on 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman to cancel vote on Lincoln Yards project by rubber stamp City Council and let Chicagoans weigh in on the $1.3 billion decision when they vote in April 2 run-off election.

CTU blasts former CPS CEO for rejecting democracy, accountability for public schools

CTU blasts former CPS CEO for rejecting democracy, accountability for public schools

Chicagoans have demanded an elected representative school board as a progressive alternative to the insider deals, chronic neglect and racist, classist policies of Rahm, Duncan and Daley.  CHICAGO, March 1, 2019—Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey issued...

10AM Wed. : Parents, alderman, CTU to demand immediate action from CPS board on critical school issues

Press conference: 10AM Wed., Feb. 27 CPS headquarters, 42 W. Madison St., Chicago Massive overcrowding and under-resourcing in neighborhood public schools to bring out parents and South Side alderman in push for equity for neglected public schools. CHICAGO—41 students...
Griffin’s support for Daley tells us all we need to know about Daley agenda

Griffin’s support for Daley tells us all we need to know about Daley agenda

Time to end corporate cronyism, giveaways to wealthy elites, institutional racism and lethal austerity of Daley, Emanuel and their rich business backers. CHICAGO—CTU President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today in response to news that hedge fund...