Our field representatives and attorneys constantly fight for our members. Members are often aware of the Union’s high profile fights for safety in our school, in the strikes we’ve waged over the years and to secure justice for our students and their families. Less often noticed is the “ground war” of grievances and arbitrations—for both individuals and groups—that our Grievance and Legal departments pursue to ensure members enjoy their full contractual rights. Here are two of the latest wins these unsung heroes have secured.

Driver Ed Instructors to Receive Second Semester Payments

While CTU was able to ensure that sports coaches got paid during the pandemic, our approximately 200 driver education teachers were not being paid during remote learning for their second semester driver ed courses. This was a subject of strategic bargaining and driver ed teachers should now see payment heading their way! If you are a driver ed teacher and you don’t receive this payment after your next check, please contact your field rep to follow up and make sure you get the payment you are due.

$47K Settlement Offer for Member Wrongfully Denied Sick Day Payout

In recent weeks, the CTU Grievance and Legal Department secured a $47,000 settlement offer for CTU member Marianna Andersen. Ms. Andersen retired from CPS in 2017 after working for the Board for nearly 25 years. Following her retirement, CPS denied Ms. Andersen the payout of her unused grandfathered sick days, erroneously claiming she had a break in service that forfeited her entitlement to any sick day payout at retirement. Ms. Anderson called her field rep and filed a grievance, which CPS made an offer to settle on the eve of arbitration.