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CTU members at Passages unanimously vote to accept tentative agreement

New contract cements protections for immigrant and special education students, raises wage floor and rights for educators to levels in CPS district-run schools. CHICAGO, Nov. 8, 2019—Chicago Teachers Union members at Passages charter school voted unanimously today to...

Falling school enrollment driven by push-out of working class Black and Latinx families

City Hall has power to reverse hostility to needs of ordinary residents—and must muster political will to support real equity and economic justice. CHICAGO, November 8, 2019—Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today in...
Lightfoot rips off CPS of $100 million, robs students and thwarts contract settlement

Lightfoot rips off CPS of $100 million, robs students and thwarts contract settlement

Mayor brags about providing CPS with $100M TIF surplus that she promptly grabs back for pension payments City should be paying, cops in schools for which City previously paid. CHICAGO—The TIF slush funds that the mayor giveth, the mayor also taketh away. Chicago Mayor...
CPS refusal to allocate $38M—one half of one percent of budget—is stalling tentative agreement

CPS refusal to allocate $38M—one half of one percent of budget—is stalling tentative agreement

CHICAGO—CTU President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today in response to claims from the mayor and CPS about what separates the parties at the bargaining table. “Thirty eight million dollars—one half of one percent of CPS’ annual budget—is...
CPS refusal to allocate $38M—one half of one percent of budget—is stalling tentative agreement

Monday strike schedule; “great” CPS offer only 1/3 of CPS class size issues, staffing proposals still fall short

STRIKE SCHEDULE: Monday, October 28 7:30 a.m.: CTU President Jesse Sharkey, Locke Elementary. 2828 N Oak Park Ave, Chicago 7:30 a.m./SPANISH LANGUAGE: CTU officer Maria Moreno, Schubert Elementary School, 2727 N. Long Ave. 9:30 a.m.: Students standing with CTU!...
CPS refusal to allocate $38M—one half of one percent of budget—is stalling tentative agreement

CPS continues to balk at spending fraction of 1% of budget to settle contract

CHICAGO, Oct. 27, 2019—CTU President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement Sunday evening, as CPS CEO Janice Jackson made her first appearance at the bargaining table. Right now at the bargaining table, CPS is refusing to invest barely half of one percent of...
Fraction of 1% of annual district budget stands between CTU and CPS in agreement

Fraction of 1% of annual district budget stands between CTU and CPS in agreement

Board of Ed President del Valle signs pledge to advocate for needs of school district’s most vulnerable learners, as Chance the Rapper sends shout-out to CTU strikers from SNL. CHICAGO, October 27, 2019—With Saturday’s bargaining session stretching over fourteen hours...