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Teacher and CTU chief of staff Jen Johnson with today’s video update—including our response to the mayor’s threat to refuse to make up days if we strike. As Jen points out, this is either a rookie mistake or a vindictive threat to rob students of instructional days and members of wages—not what we expect of a mayor who says she puts our students first. As we have in past contracts, we’ll bargain to make up those days—and we won’t allow that threat to scare our parents or undercut our solidarity.

And check out this week’s earlier video bargaining updates:

Upcoming Actions

This weekend: Art Build!

Our union hall is packed tonight with members and supporters getting their art groove on at our joint CTU/SEIU Local 73 Community Art Build. We’ll use the art we create at this kid-friendly event—banners, drop banners, parachute banners, screen printed posters and screen-printed picket signs—to help educate Chicagoans in our neighborhoods and in the streets about our contract campaigns. If you missed it tonight, join us Saturday and Sunday!

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. | Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

More information


7PM, October 10: Solidarity Town Hall Forum sponsored by Chicago Teachers and Staff Solidarity Campaign. Know folks who aren’t CTU members and want to show union solidarity? Invite them to this town hall forum. Folks can also connect by texting CTSSC to 844-335-4682 for TEXT UPDATES, following CTSSC on FACEBOOK @chicagoteacherssolidarity and on TWITTER @CTSCampaign, or emailing ctsscsolidarity@gmail.com.

7PM, October 13 All-member teletown hall: Watch your email for how to participate. We’ll take calls live and update members on bargaining, so bring your questions, comments and insights.

October 14, Indigenous People’s Day: Rally for a fair contract! Stay tuned for more information about time and location for our rally to stand strong for the schools our students deserve!