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Bargaining update and Sunday prayer service for CTU members

Bargaining update and Sunday prayer service for CTU members

The CTU’s proposed structure is designed to phase in real equity for students who are routinely denied access to school nurses, social workers, other desperately needed staff. Livestream of today’s CTU announcement is at this link. CHICAGO, Oct. 12,...
Mayor offers teachers same salary offer in exchange for ignoring exploding class sizes

Mayor offers teachers same salary offer in exchange for ignoring exploding class sizes

CPS rejects assurances for a nurse in every school, or meaningful steps to address dire shortages of social workers, librarians, counselors, other frontline staff. Livestream of today’s press conference is at this link. CHICAGO, Oct. 11, 2019—CPS handed rank and file...
Oct. 10 P.M. Bargaining Update

Oct. 10 P.M. Bargaining Update

The upshot of today’s bargaining is this: the president of the Board of Education, Miguel del Valle, came in today to talk to our bargaining team and told them he completely agrees with our proposals for equity and educational justice for our students. He also said…

Our students deserve smaller classes – and CPS needs to put it in writing

Our students deserve smaller classes – and CPS needs to put it in writing

Almost 25% of elementary students are trapped in overcrowded classes, and 35% of high school students attend at least one overcrowded class. CHICAGO, October 9, 2019—No matter where you live in the City, Chicagoans agree: students deserve a high-quality, world-class...
CTU president to join charter teachers as Passages announces strike date

CTU president to join charter teachers as Passages announces strike date

7:00 a.m., Thurs. Oct. 10: Sharkey, charter teachers to announce strike date Passages charter school, 1643 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago CEO for lone CPS-funded charter earns equal to CPS CEO who oversees 500+ schools, as management undermines special ed, English...
Bargaining update: Friday, Oct. 4

Bargaining update: Friday, Oct. 4

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.

CTU and SEIU Local 73 join forces for weekend art build as unions prepare for possible strike

CTU and SEIU Local 73 join forces for weekend art build as unions prepare for possible strike

1 p.m.–2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5: Press availability with art build volunteers CTU HQ, 1901 W. Carroll Ave., Chicago Artists, educators, activists, parents, students and other community allies will come together over the weekend to build the visual backdrop to a...