Contract Campaign Update 3: Bargaining to Transform Chicago Schools

Contract Campaign Update 3: Bargaining to Transform Chicago Schools

This was our first week of bargaining with CPS! As the Sun-Times reported, our negotiations opened with optimism as our 60+ rank-and-file members—the largest bargaining team in our union’s history—presented our ambitious proposals to CPS. We’re ready to deliver on these proposals to transform Chicago Public Schools.

Contract Campaign Update: Bargaining Starts This Week

Contract Campaign Update: Bargaining Starts This Week

CTU rolled out our union’s ambitious package of contract proposals last week. As we get ready to bargain for these transformative proposals, including the expansion of sustainable community schools, affordable housing, more robust dual language studies opportunities for our students, fully funded special education services, and so much more, we will hold regular sessions with CPS with our smaller table team and our Big Bargaining Team, with additional public bargaining sessions.

CTU Budget Webinar, April 24th, 2024

Check out the slides from our Research Team’s budget webinar this week about how the proposed CPS Budget will impact your school and why it matters: CTU Budget Webinar 4_24_2024

Regional Meetings for Spring 2024

CTU staff want to hear from you about the issues you face in your classrooms and work spaces, about ways we can unite to better enforce your rights, and about your priorities as we negotiate a transformative contract that will affect bargaining for years to come. Take advantage of this opportunity to speak in a smaller setting directly with the organizers and field reps who enforce your rights and support your solidarity on a day-to-day basis. Hear from your colleagues at neighboring schools about the situation they face in their own workplaces. Network and build solidarity from member to member. Meetings are regionally based, but any member is free to attend. Join us.

Member Bulletin for April 23, 2024

Member Bulletin for April 23, 2024

News and Notes Contract campaign update: This time around will be different CTU Recording Secretary Christel Williams explained the significant roles paraprofessionals play in students’ lives, as union members called for more special education investments, dual...

CTU members may be owed back pay if they left CPS to work elsewhere before returning

If you worked in CPS then left for another district before returning to CPS, you may not have received the step credit for your work in other districts that the CTU thinks you deserve. The CTU is pursuing a class action grievance to benefit members who didn’t get their due step increase upon returning to CPS. This may be worth thousands of dollars to members who qualify!

Member Bulletin for April 23, 2024

Contract Campaign Update: This Time Around

For more than 10 years, the CTU has organized educators, parents, and community partners toward creating the schools Chicago students deserve while fighting off budget cuts, privatization, and corporate “education reform.” Now we have the opportunity and responsibility to truly move our schools on a transformative path forward.

Contract Update for April 21, 2024

Contract Update for April 21, 2024

Last week, CTU publicly unveiled our contract priorities and invited stakeholders to join us in open bargaining with Chicago Public Schools. Members lobbied for more funding in Springfield and members at parent-teacher conferences wore “ask me about my contract” buttons.

Petition: Stakeholders must come together for Chicago students

Today, Chicago has a mayor eager to implement the schools Chicago’s students deserve. To bring that vision to fruition, we need to bring together leaders from the political, civic and business communities to ensure that the schools have all they need for success. Help us reach out to some of these key leaders in a spirit of cooperation and optimism to bring together all the resources we need for our city’s children.

Agreement Reached to Address June 7 and June 10 Flex Day Concerns

Last week we reached an agreement with CPS on an amendment to the MOU such that any school that chose to flex principal-directed time for June 10, 2024 will convert an equivalent amount of time to teacher-directed on June 7, 2024. Bargaining unit employees may choose either in-person or virtual participation for any such teacher-directed school improvement time.

Contract fight ramps up with LSC elections this week, vote to help our contract fight

Local School Councils provide leadership and democratic input that can strengthen our school communities. For our contract negotiations this year, LSCs will play a crucial role in what we can win at the bargaining table. That’s why every CTU member must go vote this Wednesday and Thursday for LSC candidates who will be allies to our union.

In Memoriam, March 2024

Lists of deceased members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) are provided to the Chicago Union Teacher by the office of the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) and are printed as received. If you notice an error or omission, please first contact the CTPF at 312.641.4464 or via email at memberservices@ctpf.org to report the information. Please contact the CTU Membership Dept. as well by phoning 312.329.9100. Both the CTPF and CTU disburse survivor benefits to a member’s designated beneficiaries.