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Lightfoot rips off CPS of $100 million, robs students and thwarts contract settlement

Lightfoot rips off CPS of $100 million, robs students and thwarts contract settlement

Mayor brags about providing CPS with $100M TIF surplus that she promptly grabs back for pension payments City should be paying, cops in schools for which City previously paid. CHICAGO—The TIF slush funds that the mayor giveth, the mayor also taketh away. Chicago Mayor...
CPS refusal to allocate $38M—one half of one percent of budget—is stalling tentative agreement

CPS refusal to allocate $38M—one half of one percent of budget—is stalling tentative agreement

CHICAGO—CTU President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today in response to claims from the mayor and CPS about what separates the parties at the bargaining table. “Thirty eight million dollars—one half of one percent of CPS’ annual budget—is...
CPS refusal to allocate $38M—one half of one percent of budget—is stalling tentative agreement

Monday strike schedule; “great” CPS offer only 1/3 of CPS class size issues, staffing proposals still fall short

STRIKE SCHEDULE: Monday, October 28 7:30 a.m.: CTU President Jesse Sharkey, Locke Elementary. 2828 N Oak Park Ave, Chicago 7:30 a.m./SPANISH LANGUAGE: CTU officer Maria Moreno, Schubert Elementary School, 2727 N. Long Ave. 9:30 a.m.: Students standing with CTU!...
CPS refusal to allocate $38M—one half of one percent of budget—is stalling tentative agreement

CPS continues to balk at spending fraction of 1% of budget to settle contract

CHICAGO, Oct. 27, 2019—CTU President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement Sunday evening, as CPS CEO Janice Jackson made her first appearance at the bargaining table. Right now at the bargaining table, CPS is refusing to invest barely half of one percent of...
Fraction of 1% of annual district budget stands between CTU and CPS in agreement

Fraction of 1% of annual district budget stands between CTU and CPS in agreement

Board of Ed President del Valle signs pledge to advocate for needs of school district’s most vulnerable learners, as Chance the Rapper sends shout-out to CTU strikers from SNL. CHICAGO, October 27, 2019—With Saturday’s bargaining session stretching over fourteen hours...
Del Valle backs CTU special ed teachers demands

Del Valle backs CTU special ed teachers demands

Board of Education president returns to his roots as ardent defender of public education in Illinois senate. CHICAGO—Chicago Board of Education President Miguel del Valle today joined at least 50 striking special education teachers and their allies for a press...
3P, Sun. 10/27: Famed civil rights leader Rev. Wm. Barber II to rally with striking CTU rank and file members

3P, Sun. 10/27: Famed civil rights leader Rev. Wm. Barber II to rally with striking CTU rank and file members

As founder of Moral Mondays movement, co-founder of Poor People’s Campaign, Barber’s interfaith activism has brought together some of most important movements for justice in 21st century.

Victory in Passages strike, as charter operator agrees to demands that CPS rejects for striking CTU district educators

Victory in Passages strike, as charter operator agrees to demands that CPS rejects for striking CTU district educators

STRIKE SCHEDULE: Saturday and Sunday, October 26-7 10:00 a.m., TODAY, Saturday, 10/26/19: Labor and Community Solidarity Rally! Family-friendly rally, celebration and show of solidarity for striking CTU and SEIU Local 73 workers, cosponsored by the Chicago Federation...

10/25 CTU strike schedule/bargaining update: No agreement yet, but real progress at bargaining table

STRIKE SCHEDULE: TODAY, Friday, October 25 6:30 a.m.: Picket lines go up at all 500+ CPS district-run schools, PLUS Passages Charter strike picket line at 1643 W Bryn Mawr 7:30 a.m./SPANISH Language: CTU President Jesse Sharkey, CTU officer Maria Moreno. Lane Tech,...

CTU special ed teachers to respond to mayor’s refusal to negotiate for better schools

12:15 p.m. TODAY: CTU bargaining update Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson, Chicago CHICAGO, Oct. 24, 2019—Striking CTU special education teachers and support staff will hold a press conference to respond to the mayor’s refusal to bargain for better schools at...