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Kick Off Our Contract Campaign at the

Delegate and
School Leaders Training

Saturday, November 18, 9AM-5PM

This is the year we turn power into progress. Shape this year’s contract campaign, as we leverage our members’ knowledge and the power we have achieved together to transform our district. Share your ideas to win a new contract and learn the skills we need to enforce both the transformative language we have already won and that of the contract to come. This event is open to all CTU members. Mark your calendar now.


A school building, labeled public schools, turned upside down by a hand marked with the Republican elephant symbol and shaken, causing coins to shower another building labeled private schools.

Tomorrow, Thursday: Day of action to defend our public schools

Right wing forces are pushing state lawmakers to resurrect Illinois’ private school voucher program during the fall veto session, which begins next week. They are well funded, but we are well organized. Join our day of action on Thursday, Oct. 19, to demand public dollars go to our public schools. Share this flyer at your school and use this tool to send messages to your elected officials. Learn more at CTUlocal1.org/vouchers.


Many questions, incomplete answers from CPS about its Skyline curriculum

Earlier this month, we hosted a webinar with our CPS counterparts to address the frustrations and concerns members have when using the Skyline curriculum. We wanted district officials to hear about these issues directly from educators and hoped that CPS would be responsive to those frustrations. But the answers fell short of what we needed. Learn more about the Skyline webinar, including links to Q&A and the video.


Endorsed CTPF Trustee Candidates

The Chicago Teachers Pension Fund has emailed electronic ballots for their active trustee election and mailed ballots for its pensioner trustee ballots. At its Sept. 27 meeting, the CTU House of Delegates voted to endorse the following members in the 2023 Chicago Teachers Pension Fund election. Click the image below to download the information card:


Are you getting students seeking asylum in your classrooms and the support you need to meet their needs?

The thousands of newcomers being shipped by right wing zealots to Chicago are pushing our city resources, especially in our schools, to the limit. We know CTU members have been on the frontlines supporting our new neighbors, but more is needed. Please use this form so that we can hear and track member experiences with newcomer students and provide support where possible. Fill out the form.


Chicago Public Schools need a ‘Green New Deal’

CPS needs to start addressing climate change and environmental racism immediately. While CPS must create a long-term plan to incorporate our vision for transformative green schools, CPS must not delay in taking steps necessary to secure funds and make critical green upgrades. Read more about the need for a green facilities plan.


Multi-colored graphic promoting a CTU Counselors Social on Oct. 20


Oct. 22 50th Ward “Bring Chicago Home” Community Meeting

“Bring Chicago Home” is a proposed solution to address the affordable housing crisis. The ordinance will fund thousands of affordable homes with supportive services for Chicagoans, funded by a 2–3% transfer tax on the sale of properties valued over $1 million. Join 50th Ward United Working Families and the Bring Chicago Home coalition for discussion and planning next steps.


We’re hiring: CTU Organizer

CTU organizers play a key role in our fight to enforce our contract, strengthen and grow our union, and win good schools for all. If you’re interested in joining our team, read more about the position and apply by October 29, 2023.


Features

Video still from webinar hosted by the CTU high school steering commitee.

CTU committees taking the lead

Last week, Corliss High School delegate Quintella Bounds did an incredible job facilitating our high school steering committee during a meeting with Joe Stephans, president of Thornton Fractional Federation of Teachers Local 683, and Caitlin Reid from the Saint Paul Federation of Educators to discuss their transformative contract wins. CTU committees are a key vehicle for more members than ever to play a direct role in shaping negotiations with CPS during our contract campaign. Read more about this committee and get information on joining a committee.


Members Corner

Nonprofit keeps spirit of Jennie Goas Silverman alive

After former CTU member Jennie Goas Silverman passed away from triple-negative breast cancer at the age of 33, her friends were determined to keep the spirit of this former Kelvyn Park and Senn High School math teacher alive through philanthropy. They formed a small (but mighty) nonprofit to support CPS students with scholarships to a four-year university and a support system beyond college. Additionally, they provide medical research grants for triple-negative breast cancer, the disease that took Jennie’s life at such a young age.

The 7th Annual JGS Gala is coming up on Friday, Oct. 20 with the theme of “Cartoon Chaos.” Learn more about the gala and the foundation at their site, which includes links to buy tickets or donate.

Celebrate your siblings

Do you know a CTU member who’s achieved a special milestone or accomplishment that you want to acknowledge? Have they made something cool you want to share with the union? Send your blurb (1 to 4 sentences) to communications@ctulocal1.org for consideration in an upcoming Members Corner.


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