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...
CTU Thurs. strike schedule/bargaining update: Mayor opposes relief for overcrowded classes, staffing crisis

CTU Thurs. strike schedule/bargaining update: Mayor opposes relief for overcrowded classes, staffing crisis

STRIKE SCHEDULE: Today, Thursday, October 24 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 7:00 a.m./SPANISH Language: CTU President Jesse Sharkey; CTU officer Maria Moreno; Sara...
Bargaining Update: Sea of Red and Purple Drowns Out Mayor’s Austerity Talk; Leads to progress on “not sexy” aspects of the contract

Bargaining Update: Sea of Red and Purple Drowns Out Mayor’s Austerity Talk; Leads to progress on “not sexy” aspects of the contract

More than 30,000 members of CTU, SEIU Local 73 and our allies and supporters rallied downtown. In bargaining, we’ve now achieved 80 tentative agreements with the Board over issues that are important to our members, but involve minutiae of teaching that only particular members will appreciate in relation to their own work lives.

Sharkey on Lightfoot budget: more austerity, less justice—and no relief for CPS students

Sharkey on Lightfoot budget: more austerity, less justice—and no relief for CPS students

7:00 p.m. TODAY, Wednesday, Oct. 23: Town Hall with CTU paraprofessionals and Local 73 workers who are paid poverty wages. St. Benedict African Catholic Church, 340 W 66th Street (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24: Picket lines go up at all 500+...
Bargaining Update: While Lightfoot Stalls Progress, Coaches Give Moving Testimony

Bargaining Update: While Lightfoot Stalls Progress, Coaches Give Moving Testimony

As Mayor Lightfoot’s ultimatum halts actual bargaining, today coaches from around the city testified to the CPS bargaining team about the lack of equity and investment in sports citywide. Their moving narratives about students not having transportation, resources, uniforms or coaching staffs to put them on a fair footing with teams in the suburbs moved our bargaining team.

Strike schedule, 10/23; CPS stalls bargaining again, as coaches make impassioned plea for resources

Strike schedule, 10/23; CPS stalls bargaining again, as coaches make impassioned plea for resources

6:30 a.m. TODAY: Passages Charter School strike, day two picket line, 1643 W Bryn Mawr Feeder march/West & Northwest side schools with CTU President Jesse Sharkey: Sears Tower, 311 S Wacker Park 9:00 a.m. TODAY: strikers, allies rally: City Hall, 121 North LaSalle...
Powerful new video showcases sustainable community schools program that Lightfoot seeks to gut

Powerful new video showcases sustainable community schools program that Lightfoot seeks to gut

Proven national model brings wrap-around supports, whole-child and whole-family approach to schools and neighborhoods deprived of resources for years. Check out the video here. CHICAGO—One of the hard-fought gains in the last contract between CPS and the CTU was a...
Bargaining Update: Mayor Lightfoot stops progress at the table

Bargaining Update: Mayor Lightfoot stops progress at the table

After two days of striking, our bargaining team was beginning to see glimmers of progress on issues that matter to our members. Today, on day three, that progress stopped dead. It was clear from the mayor’s letter to the press demanding members go back to work without a contract and from the sudden atmosphere of stonewalling from the CPS team, that the mayor had pulled the plug on negotiations.

Mayor puts brick on progress in bargaining as 4th charter strike this year begins

Mayor puts brick on progress in bargaining as 4th charter strike this year begins

6:30 a.m. TODAY, Tuesday, Oct. 22: Picket lines go up at 500+ Chicago public schools SEE BELOW for full schedule/locations/times Mayor blocks any additional movement at table, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, AFT President Randi Weingarten come to support strikers and...

CTU educators invite the Rev. Jesse Jackson to mediate CPS negotiations

The Chicago Teachers Union invited city resident and skilled international negotiator the Rev. Jesse. L Jackson to negotiate a settlement on Monday, October 21. Rev. Jackson, president of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, attended a bargaining session recently and spoke with both union and district officials about the lowering of class size, providing more wraparound services and urged a swift settlement.