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Questions and Answers

What’s happening on Friday, May 20?

The CTU is having an election for the officers of the Union and AFT/IFT delegates. CTU members who were dues paying members as of April 1, 2022, are eligible to vote in the election. The top four CTU officer positions are president, vice president, financial secretary and recording secretary. Other officer positions on the ballot are trustees, area vice presidents and functional vice presidents. All officers serve on the CTU Executive Board. In addition to officers, AFT and IFT delegates are also on the ballot. AFT (American Federation of Teachers) and IFT (Illinois Federation of Teacher) are the national and state unions to which CTU members also belong. AFT and IFT delegates are individuals running to represent the CTU at our national and state union conventions, which happen every two and three years, respectively.

Who is running?

There are three caucuses running slates of candidates in the election. They are: Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE), Members First and Respect, Educate, Advocate, Lead (REAL). Candidate bios for all three caucuses running slates were printed in a special printed election edition of Chicago Union Teacher magazine that should have been delivered to all schools and distributed to members in mailboxes by the delegate.

What is a slate or caucus?

A slate is a group of members running together from the same caucus within the Union. A caucus is similar to a political party.

When is the vote taking place?

Voting will take place on Friday, May 20. This is the only day voting will take place. The election judge – the person running the election at your school – should have posted the exact time and location of the voting on Friday in a visible location at your school on Wednesday, May 18, so keep an eye out for that posting! Typically, the posting of the election time at your school will be near your time clock or on your bulletin board. Members are also able to vote at the CTU Center at 1901 W. Carroll Ave from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 20, if for some reason they are unable to vote at their school. Masks are still required to be worn at the CTU office.

What time is voting taking place?

Voting should be happening before school, during lunch periods, or after school, depending on the time that was set by the Election Judge (person running the election at your school, most likely the delegate, unless they are a candidate on the ballot). If you are not aware of the time that voting is happening at your school, please ask your Election Judge and/or delegate. If you are unable to vote at your school, voting is open at the CTU Center at 1901 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL 60612 from 7am – 6pm. Masks are still required to be worn at the CTU offices.

What if my school doesn’t have a delegate?

If your school doesn’t have a delegate, CTU staff have been working hard to reach out to members at the school to get someone to run the election even if they do not want to be the delegate. If no one from the school has volunteered to run the election, a CTU staff person has been identified to run the election in your building. If you are at a school without a delegate and want to make sure there is a plan to run the election, please contact NormaAlbor@ctulocal1.org.

How do I mark my ballot when I vote

Use an X to mark your ballot. DO NOT use a check mark, DO NOT fill in the box, etc. There are a few ways that you can vote.

  • You can vote for a slate or caucus (CORE, Members First or REAL). This means that you would mark an X next to the slate or caucus that you are voting for and ALL of the candidates for that slate or caucus will be counted. After marking the X, you should rip off the front page of your multi-page ballot and put the page you marked with an X into the ballot box (you can throw away the extra pages).
  • If you do not do slate or caucus voting, you can do individual voting. This means that you should put an X next to the name of each person you are voting for in each of the offices that you wish to vote for. If you do individual voting, you must fold your multi-page ballot and put the entire ballot into the ballot box.

NOTE: If you are doing slate or caucus voting but your slate or caucus does not have a candidate for an office, you can mark an X by a candidate’s name from another slate or caucus for each vacancy. If you vote this way, you must fold your multi-page ballot and put the entire ballot into the ballot box.

For more info, go to the 13:00 mark of the election guidance video and/or check out page three of the CTU election quick guide.

What if I’m taking a personal day on Friday, May 20?

If you are taking a personal day on Friday and are able to vote, you can do so at CTU Headquarters from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. You may also vote as a supplemental voter at a school near your home, but you would have to find out the voting time for that particular school. It will probably be easiest to vote at the CTU office. Masks are still required to be worn at the CTU office.

What if I’m taking a sick day on Friday, May 20?

If you’re taking a sick day and feel well enough to vote, you can do so at CTU Headquarters from 7am-6pm on Friday. Please plan to wear a high quality mask (N95 or KN95) when you arrive at CTU. Masks are still required to be worn at the CTU offices.

What if I’m on leave on Friday, May 20?

If you knew in advance that you would be on an official, paid leave of absence over the election day, you should have requested a mail ballot by the April 12 deadline stated in the CTU election rules and procedures (voted on and approved by the House of Delegates). It is too late to request a mail ballot if you are on a leave now. If you did not request the mail ballot and you are able, you can vote at CTU headquarters from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Masks are still required to be worn at the CTU office.

What if I’m out of town on Friday, May 20 and I am not a citywide voter with a mail ballot?

If you are out of town on Friday, May 20, you will not be able to vote. This is a primarily in-person election on one day, election day, as laid out in the official rules. This has been the case for past elections and is not a change.

If I am unable to vote at my school on the day of voting, can I vote at a school near my house?

Yes, you can vote at a school near your house as a supplemental voter. A supplemental voter is someone that is eligible to vote, but their name is not on the list for that school. The election judge at that school will give you more direction, but be sure to take your Union card that demonstrates that you were a CTU dues paying member by April 1, 2022, or a salary printout from between January and March 2022 showing that CTU dues are being deducted.

What if I have COVID-19 or I am in quarantine and I want to vote?

If you have COVID-19, you must follow CPS protocol and must not enter your school building. If you feel well enough to vote, you may come to CTU headquarters to vote. There will be a table outside the front of the building for you to vote while wearing a high quality mask (N95 or KN95). When you arrive at the CTU, please call 312-329-9100 before approaching the building, and someone will come out with the voting materials.

What if I’m a citywide voter and have not been sent my mail ballot or do not have one?

No worries! If you have your mail ballot, prepare it following the procedures that came with your ballot. You can take your mail ballot, already in the return envelope, to deposit into the ballot box of the school where you are working on Friday, May 20. If you do not have your mail ballot, you can vote as a supplemental voter. Please bring proof of membership when voting supplemental. The election judge at the school will assist you with voting with your mail ballot or as a supplemental voter.

Are retiree members eligible to vote?

As in all previous officer elections, retiree members are not eligible to vote in this election per the CTU constitution.