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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.

Bargaining Update: Mayor Lightfoot stops progress at the table

Bargaining Update: Mayor Lightfoot stops progress at the table

After two days of striking, our bargaining team was beginning to see glimmers of progress on issues that matter to our members. Today, on day three, that progress stopped dead. It was clear from the mayor’s letter to the press demanding members go back to work without a contract and from the sudden atmosphere of stonewalling from the CPS team, that the mayor had pulled the plug on negotiations.

CTU educators invite the Rev. Jesse Jackson to mediate CPS negotiations

The Chicago Teachers Union invited city resident and skilled international negotiator the Rev. Jesse. L Jackson to negotiate a settlement on Monday, October 21. Rev. Jackson, president of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, attended a bargaining session recently and spoke with both union and district officials about the lowering of class size, providing more wraparound services and urged a swift settlement.

Bargaining Update: Pickets 6:30 am, progress for homeless students, more

Bargaining Update: Pickets 6:30 am, progress for homeless students, more

Progress was made on Sunday, including new tentative agreements around supports for homeless students, ensuring legally required staffing ratios of 1 adult per 10 students in pre-K, as well as naps for full-day pre-K classes. We won language that counselors would not be pulled from counseling to do other duties such as subbing in a classroom.

Bargaining Update: Strike continues– and it’s working!

Bargaining Update: Strike continues– and it’s working!

Progress at the table today, especially on a charter moratorium and on pipeline for hiring more teachers of color. Big remaining issues around pay and benefits, enforcement mechanisms for class size and staffing, teacher preparation time and duration of the contract. Other issues remain, but those are the priority areas where progress is needed.

STRIKE: CTU educators hit picket lines at 6:30A Thurs., with 1:30P mass action at CPS

STRIKE: CTU educators hit picket lines at 6:30A Thurs., with 1:30P mass action at CPS

6:30 a.m. TODAY, Thurs., Oct. 17: Picket lines go up at 500+ Chicago public schools SEE BELOW for full schedule/locations/times. CHICAGO—After more than 10 months of frustrating bargaining, over 25,000 CTU teachers, clinicians, teaching assistants and support staff...
CPS balks at enshrining better school conditions in enforceable contract

CPS balks at enshrining better school conditions in enforceable contract

After ten months of bargaining, CTU educators are still struggling with CPS to carve a path forward to an agreement that meaningfully improves conditions in over 500 Chicago public schools. Livestream of tonight’s press conference is at this link. CHICAGO, Oct....