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Adequate school staffing among key CTU contract demands

Adequate school staffing among key CTU contract demands

Union bargaining team is fighting for staffing commitments in critical areas that impact students’ readiness and ability to learn. CHICAGO, May 16, 2019—In 2012, Chicago Public Schools staffing of nurses, social workers, psychologists and counselors was...

Real teacher appreciation is a fair contract and manageable class sizes for Chicago’s schools

Chicago’s public school students need individual attention from their teachers, which is impossible with as many as 48 students in a kindergarten class. CHICAGO, May 8, 2019—Chicago Public Schools has the highest class sizes across grades 1-4 of any school district in...
Another charter victory: CTU members sign tentative agreement with charter operator Instituto

Another charter victory: CTU members sign tentative agreement with charter operator Instituto

TA ends three day strike and wins smaller classes, wrap-around supports, sanctuary protections for immigrant students, contract protections for special education students and English language learners. CHICAGO—CTU members at charter schools are reforming the industry...
It’s time for Chicago Public Schools to respect women’s work

It’s time for Chicago Public Schools to respect women’s work

Fair wages and benefits for a predominantly female workforce is a key issue in the CTU fight for a fair contract—in a district that is nearly 80 percent female, yet in a country where full-time working women make 80 cents on the dollar compared to men. CHICAGO, May 1,...

CTU demands mediator as CPS seeks to renege on negotiations timeline

CPS move seeks to force CTU teachers, paraprofessionals, support staff to begin next school year with no contract—and no relief from overcrowded classrooms, severe staff shortages, chronically under-resourced school communities. CHICAGO, April 29, 2019—The CTU has...
CTU charter members vote overwhelmingly to strike four operators at five schools

CTU charter members vote overwhelmingly to strike four operators at five schools

Five charter schools could strike in coming weeks, as educators battle for living wages, adequate student supports, pension rights, protections for immigrant and diverse learners. Press conference can be viewed at this link. CHICAGO—After two historic strikes against...