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  • 4PM, Thurs., June 13: press conference
    CTU Center, 1901 W. Carroll Ave., Chicago

With contract expiring in two weeks, CPS blows off second negotiating session in a week with CTU bargaining team.

CHICAGO—The mayoral controlled Chicago Public Schools has cancelled a planned Thursday negotiating session for a new contract with 25,000 members of the CTU—the second time this week CPS has refused to attend negotiations. The CTU had scheduled an open bargaining session for Tuesday which CPS also refused to attend.

“In 16 days, our contract expires,” said CTU President Jesse Sharkey. “Our members and the students we educate and support deserve a contract that provides every school with a library and a librarian, a school nurse, smaller class sizes and the resources and supports our students need. The clock is ticking.”

The 40 person CTU bargaining team will hold a press conference at 4PM on Thursday—when their bargaining session with CPS was originally scheduled—at CTU headquarters at 1901 W. Carroll Ave., to outline concerns about the lack of bargaining and demand a resolution before the expiration of the contract on June 30.

At Thursday’s press conference, bargaining team members will discuss sticking points at the table and challenge the mayor and her newly appointed board to address demands designed to create
real equity in Chicago’s public schools.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot successfully ran on a platform of real education equity in Chicago public schools, but bargaining demands that would enshrine this equity
in the union’s contract with CPS have been unilaterally rejected by her negotiating team.

NOTE: After this press statement, CPS reversed course and agreed to attend the bargaining meeting Thursday, June 13.