In a major contract win, the Chicago Teachers Union has finalized the process for 30 Chicago public schools to receive a restorative justice coordinator, counselor or librarian starting in the 2020-2021 school year.
Some recent victories from the CTU Grievance Department!
CPS is illegally reneging on its deal. Our 11-day strike forced CPS to recognize the contributions of its veteran teachers, among other improvements. As soon as CTU members voted to ratify the agreement, however, the district broke our deal and demanded that most of the $25 million be paid in one-time lump sum bonuses rather than be added to veteran teachers’ base salaries, costing them thousands of dollars in salary increases over the course of their careers because their base salaries won’t increase. CPS didn’t want to pay its veteran teachers fairly, and now it’s retaliating against them for being among the longest-tenured and most dedicated workers in our schools.
The tentative agreement reached on October 31 between the Board of Education and the Chicago Teachers Union was ratified by the entire membership in a vote of 80.75% in favor and 19.25% against. View raw totals and school-by-school breakdown of the vote here.
Chicagoans must have the right to elect their school board. Teachers must have the right to bargain on staffing and class size.
We’ve scheduled a referendum vote on the tentative agreement for Thursday, November 14. We’ll hold several meetings to discuss the TA prior to that date. Also, new podcast episode!
We’ve updated the summary of what’s in the TA and included a second page with a detailed explanation of how the new class size provision will work.
It’s important to note that most of the wins in our new tentative agreement — especially the substantial raise for PSRPs, the enforceable class size limits, and more than 750 new staffing positions — were not on the bargaining table on the day that we decided to go on strike.