CTU officers, staff and rank-and-file members report on the state of talks with CPS about reopening plans for the fall.
The tentative agreement reached on October 31 between the Board of Education and the Chicago Teachers Union was ratified by the entire membership in a vote of 80.75% in favor and 19.25% against. View raw totals and school-by-school breakdown of the vote here.
We’ve scheduled a referendum vote on the tentative agreement for Thursday, November 14. We’ll hold several meetings to discuss the TA prior to that date. Also, new podcast episode!
We’ve updated the summary of what’s in the TA and included a second page with a detailed explanation of how the new class size provision will work.
It’s important to note that most of the wins in our new tentative agreement — especially the substantial raise for PSRPs, the enforceable class size limits, and more than 750 new staffing positions — were not on the bargaining table on the day that we decided to go on strike.
Delegates voted 364 to 242, with four abstentions, to accept the revised tentative agreement on the condition that Mayor Lightfoot agree to make up the days lost in the strike. Some major elements of the Tentative Agreement include…
Our bargaining team left negotiations at 9:30pm tonight with the same deal on the table as when they left at midnight last night. That deal we proposed would settle this contract at a cost of only $38 million more per year. This lack of movement is despite the fact that CEO Janice Jackson showed up to negotiations for the first time. We had hoped that was a positive sign, but it changed nothing for us at the table.
Bargaining Update: Del Valle endorses CTU special ed demands, $38 million separates proposals, Rev. Barber on Sunday
The day started with a Union Park rally and Board of Education President Miguel del Valle pledging support for our special education demands. Our team bargained until about midnight with the Board and announced that our contract demands would cost less than half of one percent of the Board’s budget to settle. Tomorrow, Rev. Dr. William Barber stands with CTU and SEIU 73 and we’ll hold a TeleTown Hall with members Sunday night.
Educators at Passages Charter School won a tentative agreement today that enshrines in the contract key provisions that are still not settled in bargaining for educators at district-run schools. Among those are big wins on paraprofessional pay and rights as well as grievable protections for special education minutes and support.
At the end of the day, both parties described it as “a good day” of discussions. Many topics were passed back and forth across the table, including some of the stickiest. Bargaining will continue Friday.