By Kurt Hilgendorf, Policy and Legislative Director | August 19, 2021 | Movement, News
File under: Teacher Leader Policy Fellowship
Led by CTU members and supported by our national union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the CTU Teacher Leader Policy Fellowship provides members an opportunity to expand advocacy and leadership skills, meet with researchers and decision-makers in Chicago and Illinois, and support the vital work of the CTU. Applications are due September 17, 2021.
By CTU Communications | June 17, 2021 | Movement, News, Uncategorized
File under: Sports
Sign the petition! Sports are essential for mental and physical growth, and with the influx of funding into our district, the athletic programs in our schools cannot look like they did pre-COVID. We are emerging from a pandemic and children will have to continue adjusting to a “new” normal. CPS and the mayor should be giving our students more, not less.
By Chicago Teachers Union | January 27, 2021 | Movement, News, Rights
File under: Collective Bargaining, COVID-19, Outdated, Remote Learning, Strike Ready
CTU members have voted to act for safety by all working remotely rather than complying with CPS orders for K-8 educators to work in unsafe buildings. We will also all respond to CTU retaliation (if there is any) with a strike. Many members still have questions. The answers below are meant to address concerns and confusion members have raised with us, so far.
By Chris Geovanis | January 15, 2021 | Movement, News, News Advisory, Press Release, Rights Locked out CTU educators, allies to ‘picket’ in car caravan for safe school reopening Reports of COVID at schools grow, as CPS continues to fail to deliver on promised safety measures and double digit COVID rates rise in Black and Brown Chicago...
File under: Action, car caravan, COVID, COVID-19, Remote Learning
By Thad Goodchild, CTU Deputy General Counsel | December 30, 2020 | Movement
File under: COVID, COVID-19
CTU teachers and support staff, like students and parents, want return to in-person school, but only when reopening can be done with safety, equity and trust in CPS policies and practices. CPS’ current reopening plan fails every single one of those minimum standards. And it’s on us to force the mayor and CPS to do better.
By Chris Baehrend, CTU Charter Division Chair | December 29, 2020 | ACTS, Grievance Wins, Movement, Rights
File under: Ada O'Hara Ramos, IELRB: Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, Juan Tolentino, Latino Youth High School, NLRB: National Labor Relations Board, Pilsen Wellness Center
As CPS continues its push to force members back into unsafe buildings in January, the successful rebellion at Latino Youth offers an important lesson: solidarity is power.
By Kurt Hilgendorf | December 23, 2020 | Features, Movement
File under: ERSB: Elected Representative School Board, HB 2267
Chicago’s Grassroots Education Movement alliance and CTU are mounting a campaign to pass HB 2267 — for an elected, representative school board — when lawmakers return to the Capitol after for a “lame duck” session, the closing days of the current general assembly before new legislators are seated. But the success of that campaign will depend on members contacting their state senators and insisting the bill get consideration first thing in the new year.
By Chicago Teachers Union | December 21, 2020 | Enforcement Guidance, Movement, Rights
File under: COVID, COVID-19, Lori Lightfoot, Safety
CTU members must all sign onto this letter demanding safety. Whether you are threatened with unsafe in-person work January 4 or not, standing together is one important step in winning our right to a safe workplace. Sign right away and share ctulocal1.org/safety with colleagues to have them sign.
By Martin Ritter, Organizer | December 17, 2020 | Legislative Update, Movement
The Illinois Educational Labor Relation Board (IELRB) issued a preliminary ruling not to impose an injunction, yet, against CPS’s plan to force Pre-K and Special Education cluster students and educators on Thursday, December 17. This development requires a new call to action. While there will still be an IELRB hearing on the full case, we must urge elected officials to raise their voices for the safety of our school communities.
By Nathan Goldbaum | December 15, 2020 | Legislative Update, Movement
File under: ERSB: Elected Representative School Board, ILGA: Illinois General Assembly, Legislative
Chicago is an outlier in Illinois as a major district whose school board is not directly elected by the people whose welfare it is meant to serve. HB 2267, which has passed the House and currently awaits recognition and vote in the Senate, would fix that situation and finally bring an important measure of democracy to Chicago Public Schools.