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The power of engaged members and coalitions: Legislature passes key paycheck protections, tighter school closure moratorium

The power of engaged members and coalitions: Legislature passes key paycheck protections, tighter school closure moratorium

Passing bills in the General Assembly is never easy — as our 10-year fight to win an elected school board shows — but it is an even harder lift during the two-week fall veto session. That is why I am thrilled to report success this year on three pieces of key legislation that your support and advocacy helped pass during the just-completed fall session.

The power of engaged members and coalitions: Legislature passes key paycheck protections, tighter school closure moratorium

Legislative Update for Spring Session 2021

The Illinois General Assembly has started its spring legislative session, and CTU is there advocating for what our schools need. Our goal is to build on our recent victories and to pass legislation that makes concrete improvements in school governance and oversight and that allows us to be more effective in our work.

Restore Our Bargaining Rights

Restore Our Bargaining Rights

HB 2275 will restore bargaining rights to CTU and all other CPS unions that were eliminated by the 1995 amendatory act. Both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly have passed it. IL House Speaker Welch needs to send the bill now to Governor Pritzker so he can sign it. Write them both and your state representative to urge action as soon as possible on this bill which can impact the safe reopening agreement under negotiation now between CTU and CPS.

Email Gov. Pritzker: Request HB2275 to Sign

Email Gov. Pritzker: Request HB2275 to Sign

On January 11, 2021, the Illinois Senate ratified HB2275, a bill that reinstates the bargaining rights taken from unions representing CPS employees back in 1995. The only remaining step in the repeal of the onerous 1995 language is for Governor J.B. Pritzker to sign the legislation. Send Gov. Pritzker a message urging him to request the legislation from House Speaker Welch so he can sign it.