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Labor Day: The backbone of our city is our workers

Labor Day: The backbone of our city is our workers

Labor unions anchor the commitment to bargain for the common good. CHICAGO, September 2, 2019—CTU President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today to mark Labor Day: Today we honor the working women and men who literally built this nation—the workers who...
7A Mon. 8/26: CTU to formally respond to factfinder report, lay out next steps as union readies for strike

7A Mon. 8/26: CTU to formally respond to factfinder report, lay out next steps as union readies for strike

7:00 a.m. Monday., August 26: Press conference with CTU bargaining team Suder Montessori School, 2022 W Washington Blvd, Chicago Third round of mayorally imposed factfinding shows rigged nature of process, failure to address critical student needs and deteriorating...
CTU to Lightfoot: Keep your promise and end toxic Rahm agenda in public schools

CTU to Lightfoot: Keep your promise and end toxic Rahm agenda in public schools

10:30 a.m. TODAY, July 1: Press conference re CTU contract fight for ed equity CTU headquarters, 1901 W. Carroll, Chicago Candidate Lightfoot ran on platform to extend democracy, ensure equity and infuse school communities with necessary supports and staffing. But...
Bargaining Update: “Do you believe that librarians are important to schools?”

Bargaining Update: “Do you believe that librarians are important to schools?”

That was the question I posed to Chicago Public Schools yesterday. Their response? “We’ll have to get back to you on that.” The full Chicago Teachers Union bargaining team met with Chicago Public Schools on Wednesday afternoon, where members...
Adequate school staffing among key CTU contract demands

Adequate school staffing among key CTU contract demands

Union bargaining team is fighting for staffing commitments in critical areas that impact students’ readiness and ability to learn. CHICAGO, May 16, 2019—In 2012, Chicago Public Schools staffing of nurses, social workers, psychologists and counselors was...
Real teacher appreciation is a fair contract and manageable class sizes for Chicago’s schools

Real teacher appreciation is a fair contract and manageable class sizes for Chicago’s schools

Chicago’s public school students need individual attention from their teachers, which is impossible with as many as 48 students in a kindergarten class. CHICAGO, May 8, 2019—Chicago Public Schools has the highest class sizes across grades 1-4 of any school district in...
Another charter victory: CTU members sign tentative agreement with charter operator Instituto

Another charter victory: CTU members sign tentative agreement with charter operator Instituto

TA ends three day strike and wins smaller classes, wrap-around supports, sanctuary protections for immigrant students, contract protections for special education students and English language learners. CHICAGO—CTU members at charter schools are reforming the industry...
It’s time for Chicago Public Schools to respect women’s work

It’s time for Chicago Public Schools to respect women’s work

Fair wages and benefits for a predominantly female workforce is a key issue in the CTU fight for a fair contract—in a district that is nearly 80 percent female, yet in a country where full-time working women make 80 cents on the dollar compared to men. CHICAGO, May 1,...

CTU demands mediator as CPS seeks to renege on negotiations timeline

CPS move seeks to force CTU teachers, paraprofessionals, support staff to begin next school year with no contract—and no relief from overcrowded classrooms, severe staff shortages, chronically under-resourced school communities. CHICAGO, April 29, 2019—The CTU has...