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Our students deserve smaller classes – and CPS needs to put it in writing

Our students deserve smaller classes – and CPS needs to put it in writing

Almost 25% of elementary students are trapped in overcrowded classes, and 35% of high school students attend at least one overcrowded class. CHICAGO, October 9, 2019—No matter where you live in the City, Chicagoans agree: students deserve a high-quality, world-class...
CTU delegates vote unanimously to strike on Oct. 17 if contract has not been settled

CTU delegates vote unanimously to strike on Oct. 17 if contract has not been settled

Strike would put 35,000 workers with the CTU and SEIU Local 73 on the picket lines in bid to force CPS to invest portion of over $1 billion in annual new revenue in student needs. Click for link to livestream of union’s press conference tonight. CHICAGO, October...
Despite CPS spin, ‘offer’ falls far short for low-wage teaching assistants, classroom needs

Despite CPS spin, ‘offer’ falls far short for low-wage teaching assistants, classroom needs

With mayor now effectively bargaining in public, CTU proposes livestreaming negotiating sessions to give families, educators, public a seat at the table. CHICAGO, Sept. 30, 2019—In a maneuver to publicly spin the mayor’s Friday ‘offer’ to CTU...

Bargaining update: What’s on the table—and what must improve

An update on bargaining last week: We presented on issues that include REACH—proposing that highly rated (Proficient and Excellent), tenured members should be able to skip an evaluation cycle. We also presented moving to 25 steps for pay scales, and improving base pay...
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...
Despite CPS spin, ‘offer’ falls far short for low-wage teaching assistants, classroom needs

CTU to CPS: Clock is ticking. Time to start bargaining in earnest

4PM TODAY, Thurs., June 13: press conference CTU Center, 1901 W. Carroll Ave., Chicago CPS reverses position, agrees to bargain today, as contract expiration date looms. CTU bargaining team will hold press conference at 4PM today as both teams bargain. CHICAGO—In a...
Despite CPS spin, ‘offer’ falls far short for low-wage teaching assistants, classroom needs

CTU to CPS: Stop stalling and start bargaining

4PM, Thurs., June 13: press conference CTU Center, 1901 W. Carroll Ave., Chicago With contract expiring in two weeks, CPS blows off second negotiating session in a week with CTU bargaining team. CHICAGO—The mayoral controlled Chicago Public Schools has cancelled a...