It’s time to celebrate — and to double down on the strategies that got us this far

It’s time to celebrate — and to double down on the strategies that got us this far

What a night! Not only did our CTU sibling Brandon Johnson convincingly beat incumbent Lori Lightfoot to earn a spot in the April 4 runoff for mayor of Chicago, but the CTU also had a number of victories in aldermanic races across the city. In 11 of the 17 races where the CTU made an endorsement, our candidate either won outright or made it into the April 4 runoff. We’ll again be encouraging people to vote early, to make voting plans, and to indicate that they’re all in for Brandon.

Brandon Johnson: father, organizer, educator, leader taking on city hall

Brandon Johnson: father, organizer, educator, leader taking on city hall

CTU organizer and mayoral candidate Brandon Johnson credits his large family with teaching him how to negotiate, collaborate and refuse to accept “no” for an answer — traits he’s used well in his career as an educator, organizer, and county commissioner because, “When you’re fighting for what our students and communities need, you never take ‘no’ for an answer.”

Mayor’s school executives must protect students and educators this fall

Mayor’s school executives must protect students and educators this fall

Safety for students and their educators must be top priority for CPS fall school re-openings. CHICAGO—CTU President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement in response to the release today of new ISBE guidance re opening schools this fall. “While Governor...
Pres. Sharkey to CTU Members: Time for mayor to put promises into action in enforceable contract

Pres. Sharkey to CTU Members: Time for mayor to put promises into action in enforceable contract

Dear CTU Members: By now you may have heard—or even received an email from CPS—about Mayor Lightfoot’s promise to improve staffing in our public schools. Let’s be clear. Chicagoans voted for a candidate that said she would transform our public education...
Pres. Sharkey to CTU Members: Time for mayor to put promises into action in enforceable contract

CTU to mayor: Put promises into action in enforceable contract

We’ve been down this path of unfulfilled promises before with the previous mayor, who promised to expand early childhood education and improve special education—when today parents struggle even more to access these services for their children.

While some gains have been made, equity agenda in Springfield requires real leadership from Lightfoot

CTU calls on new mayor to ‘Keep the Promise’ for education equity by supporting restoration of labor bargaining rights, elected, representative school board. CHICAGO—The Chicago Teachers Union made some powerful gains in this spring’s Springfield...