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CTU Speaks! podcast, Episode 10: We’re Baaack!

Co-hosts Andrea Parker and Jim Staros recorded the most recent episode of the CTU podcast on the last day of the strike. They summarized much of what is in our tentative agreement, reviewed the course of the struggle with President Sharkey and Chief of Staff Jen Johnson, and unpacked the new class size provisions with CTU Deputy Counsel Thad Goodchild. Listen and subscribe!

Speaking of good audio content about the CTU strike, check out how National Public Radio reported on what we accomplished. You won’t want to miss it!

NPR, Chicago Teachers Strike Ends, October 31, 2019

Understanding—and voting on—the tentative agreement

We’ve scheduled a referendum vote on the tentative agreement for Thursday, November 14. We are aware that high school report card pick-up is scheduled for November 14. Schools that miss the vote on November 14 can also hold the vote on Friday, November 15.

Make an informed vote on November 14 by reading your tentative agreement!

  • Download and read our comprehensive summary What’s in the Tentative Agreement.
  • Be sure to check out page two—the back side of the pdf—for a quick overview of the class size provisions. This powerful new language forces CPS to hold to the upper limits of class size that the district has routinely violated.
  • Please go to the MemberLink Portal to download and read the TA!

Regional meetings and meetings at the CTU Center to discuss the tentative agreement

There will be meetings all over the city in the coming days where members can find out more and ask questions about what’s in the tentative agreement.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Michele Clark HS, 5101 W. Harrison St.
Two sessions: 3:15-4:15 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Schurz HS, 3601 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Two sessions: 3:15-4:15 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Chicago Agricultural HS, 3807 W. 111th St.
One session: 3:45-5 p.m.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

—Special Education issues in the TA—
CTU Center, 1901 W. Carroll Ave.
One session: 4:30-6 p.m.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Hyde Park HS, 6220 S. Stony Island
Two sessions: 3:15-4:15 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

CTU Center, 1901 W. Carroll Ave.
One session: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.


Parent outreach before and after school

This flyer summarizes key gains in our contract that are particularly relevant to parents and community allies. Download, make copies and make plans with your co-workers to meet parents before and after school so you can let them know how much we appreciated their support. Also explain to them how our contract wins will improve life for students and school communities.