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Locked out educators to teach from CPS board president’s lawn, joined by rank and file still teaching remotely

Lockout has disrupted education for thousands of Black and Brown students, as educators continue to document safety failures and COVID cases at their schools. 7A TODAY, Wednesday, 1/13: Press conference/teach-out, with locked out teachers, in front of CPS board of...

6:30A Monday: Educators join parents in rejecting in-person learning until buildings are safe, pandemic is under control

Black and Brown parents join CTU members in rejecting in-person learning, as CPS continues to reject accommodations for workers — including CTU member with brain tumor — and schools remain largest single source of COVID exposure in state. 6:30 a.m. Mon., Jan. 4 —...

CTU to go to trial on CPS’ refusal to bargain over reopening, as union pushes for trial date next week

CHICAGO, Dec. 17, 2020—Today the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB), on a split 2-1 vote, denied the Union’s request to seek a preliminary injunction against CPS’ unilaterally developed plan to resume in-person learning on Jan. 4. The two-member...

5P Thurs.: Candlelight vigil will honor CTU members, school community members taken by COVID

Schools are largest source of COVID exposure in state, with numbers in suburban Cook close to 20% of cases, even as Lightfoot and CPS insist on reopening schools in less than three weeks. 5:00 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 17 — Candlelight vigil: Cather Elementary School, 2908 W....
CPS must bargain with our union before setting date for return

CPS must bargain with our union before setting date for return

CHICAGO, Nov. 5, 2020—Chicago Teachers Union Deputy General Counsel Thaddeus Goodchild issued the following statement regarding today’s Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board ruling that denied the Union’s request for preliminary injunction in...
CPS must bargain with our union before setting date for return

CPS acquires air filters, yet clerks’ entire families continue to contract COVID-19

Mayor and CPS finally relent to releasing ventilation data, but fail to test HVAC systems properly or allow independent verification as parents and educators call for more transparency and involvement in safety discussions. CHICAGO, Nov. 4, 2020—Despite announcing an...
Unions’ joint statement demands that every vote count, as leaders outline steps to protect integrity of election

Unions’ joint statement demands that every vote count, as leaders outline steps to protect integrity of election

Unions commit to take whatever non-violent action is required—up to and including a general strike—to ensure a free and fair election in which all votes are counted, and that ensures peaceful transition of power. 5:00 p.m., Wed., Nov. 4: Labor rally to defend...

Chicago area labor unions to issue statement, discuss steps to protect integrity of election

Unions commit to take whatever non-violent action is required to ensure a free and fair election in which all votes are counted, and that ensures peaceful transition of power. 11:00 a.m., TODAY, Mon., Nov. 2: Labor press conference, Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph....
Breonna Taylor and the fight for racial justice

Breonna Taylor and the fight for racial justice

It’s past time for politicians who promise real change, real equity and real hope to make good on those promises CHICAGO, September 23, 2020—Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today in response to news that the Kentucky...