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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...
School clerks’ unfair labor practice charge will go to trial

School clerks’ unfair labor practice charge will go to trial

A message to rank and file members from CTU Deputy General Counsel Thaddeus Goodchild: We’re planning for next steps on the unfair labor practice and grievance we’ve filed against CPS for forcing clerks and other workers into buildings without bargaining...

On first day of school, CTU teachers eager to return to educating students despite concerns about CPS plan

Teachers will pull back curtain on what remote classrooms look like, as Mayor’s school board continues to refuse to bargain on strategies to improve remote learning for students. 7:00 a.m. Press Conference: CTU teachers, officers Via Zoom: Reporters,...
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...