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What we’ve accomplished and what comes next

What we’ve accomplished and what comes next

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.

Bargaining Update: Picket lines Monday morning, SEIU TA, Janice Jackson showed up

Bargaining Update: Picket lines Monday morning, SEIU TA, Janice Jackson showed up

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

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.

Bargaining Update: VICTORY at Passages Charter School! 10am Saturday at Union Park!

Bargaining Update: VICTORY at Passages Charter School! 10am Saturday at Union Park!

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.

Bargaining Update: Sea of Red and Purple Drowns Out Mayor’s Austerity Talk; Leads to progress on “not sexy” aspects of the contract

Bargaining Update: Sea of Red and Purple Drowns Out Mayor’s Austerity Talk; Leads to progress on “not sexy” aspects of the contract

More than 30,000 members of CTU, SEIU Local 73 and our allies and supporters rallied downtown. In bargaining, we’ve now achieved 80 tentative agreements with the Board over issues that are important to our members, but involve minutiae of teaching that only particular members will appreciate in relation to their own work lives.

Bargaining Update: While Lightfoot Stalls Progress, Coaches Give Moving Testimony

Bargaining Update: While Lightfoot Stalls Progress, Coaches Give Moving Testimony

As Mayor Lightfoot’s ultimatum halts actual bargaining, today coaches from around the city testified to the CPS bargaining team about the lack of equity and investment in sports citywide. Their moving narratives about students not having transportation, resources, uniforms or coaching staffs to put them on a fair footing with teams in the suburbs moved our bargaining team.