News and Notes

CTU President Stacy Davis Gates addresses the AFT Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Conference

Over the weekend, CTU President Stacy Davis Gates addressed more than 200 AFT members and allies in Houston at the AFT Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Conference. Gathered to share the problems in their communities and actively work together to fix them, the conference was centered around uplifting real solutions for kids, communities and educators. Read more.


Save the date!

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.


New agreements will help alleviate substitute shortage

We have two exciting updates to share that should provide relief connected to the substitute teacher shortage CPS has been experiencing for the last several years. We won an amendment to the pension code that lifts the cap on the number of days retirees can work in high needs vacancies and we finalized an MOU on staffing support for expanded parental leave rights. Read more.


Early Childhood Committee wins Rigor Walk relief

This summer, our Early Childhood committee met with CPS officials to push back on developmentally inappropriate expectations associated with “rigor walks.” Read more about their work to improve this situation.


Political team report: Newcomer resources, ending Illinois voucher program priorities for October

This month, our legislative/political team is working on two critical issues for our schools. We continue to push the state for more resources to meet the needs of our newcomer students — read how CTU members testified at the ISBE board meeting appealing for more support. Plus, we continue to push for the end of Illinois’ private school voucher program during the legislature’s fall veto session, which starts today. Read more.

A group of CTU members in a school holding signs calling for an end to Illinois' private school voucher program.

CTU members organize to end private school voucher scheme, keep public dollars for public schools

Photo of two students holding a sign that reads, “Public dollars for public schools.”Last Thursday, hundreds of CTU teachers and various members, parents, students, and community supporters took action at dozens of schools by sharing information and holding important conversations about ending the Illinois tax voucher scam dubbed “Invest in Kids,” a scheme that has sucked $450 million out of our public schools since its inception in 2017. Read more.


CTU members at Christopher House charter school pose after a rally demanding a fair contract.

First contract victory for CTU members at Christopher House charter

After a year of contract negotiations, the 50 CTU members at Christopher House Elementary School, a charter school in Belmont-Cragin, have reached a tentative agreement for their first ever union contract with the CTU. Read more.


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:


Resources to help you support and meet the needs of newcomers to our city and CPS

We know CTU members have been on the frontlines supporting our new neighbors being shipped here by right wing zealots. But you can’t do it alone — more is needed. We’ve assembled a page of resources to help you support your new students and their families. Visit CTUlocal1.org/sanctuary for more information and resources.


CTU members can get reduced tuition to earn a masters of community and teacher leaders through Northeastern Illinois University. Contact mactl@neiu.edu for more information and apply by Nov. 1.


Purple, grey and black advertisement for the 2023 Teachers for Social Justice curriculum fair.


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

Photo of CTU member Duwuana Buice standing in a library holding up a children's book.

We Care ambassador Duwuana Buice says program helps her be the best teacher she can be

When preschool teacher Duwuana Buice was out sick one day, her We Care mentor called to check in and see how she was doing. “It’s like you have someone who cares and is willing to show up for you,” Buice said of the We Care program. “And my mentor doesn’t lecture, she meets me where I’m at. She helps me be the best teacher I can be.” Read more about Duwuana and the We Care program.


Members Corner

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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