- 3:30 p.m. Tues., July 23: officer/rank and file doorknocking. South Side, Chicago. Contact Chris Geovanis for location/to connect.
- 9:30 a.m. Wed., July 24: CTU joins SEIU Local 73 at Board of Education, 42 W. Madison, Chicago
- 3:30 p.m. Thurs., July 25: B-roll opportunity – CTU el stop flyering, South/North Sides. Locations TBA. CTU/CPS bargaining; post-bargaining availability at CTU HQ tentatively scheduled for 5PM.
Mayor digs in on refusing to bargain critical issues as CPS negotiating team seeks to claw back existing student/worker protections, while union steps up outreach in run-up to possible strike.
CHICAGO—For eight years, Chicago’s students have attended public schools plagued by broken promises, chronic austerity and CPS policies driven not by student needs but by the political fortunes of the mayor who runs the district. Candidate Lightfoot promised to end that damaging dynamic—but Mayor Lightfoot has rejected every CTU proposal to turn her promises for true equity in our public schools into real conditions on the ground.
The CTU has put forth a vision for justice and equity by demanding affordable housing and a school nurse in every classroom. To support that effort, the CTU has kicked off a series of summer organizing drives, door-knocking and town hall style meetings across the city designed to tap into the public hunger for real equity in Chicago’s public schools.
CTU rank and file members began door-knocking in neighborhoods throughout the city earlier this month.
On Tuesday, CTU officers will join organizers on the doors on the South Side. On Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., the CTU will join SEIU Local 73 members at the monthly Board of Education meeting at 42 W. Madison to demand enforceable contract language that enshrines the dignity of workers and supports the needs of students.
On Thursday, rank and file CTU members are hitting el stops across the city to flyer the public, while the CTU and the CPS/Lightfoot negotiating team return to the bargaining table.
“Everything we’ve proposed in our contract is about reversing mayoral policy failures of the past, keeping families in Chicago and attracting more families to the city by strengthening our school communities,” said CTU President Jesse Sharkey. “The bottom line is that our families need fully functioning schools with school nurses, school librarians and manageable class sizes. Our families need safe neighborhoods and clean schools. We’re asking for basic dignity at the table for workers, and basic educational rights for our students. The new school year is around the corner—and the clock is ticking.”