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Guidance for substitute teachers and good news for PRSPs denied unemployement this summer

The Union has won an appeal of an IDEAS ruling that found PSRPs whos chose to spread out their 10 month’s of wages over 12 months ineligible for unemployment. Also, please remember teacher assistants and SECAs are only allowed to be used as substitutes for up to 60 minutes and only in the case of a temporary emergency.

Half price tuition for Bilingual and ESL endorsement programs, thanks to our contract wins

We won a big benefit for teachers seeking a Bilingual or ESL endorsement in our successful 2019 strike. Teachers who are interested in going back to college starting in 2021
to obtain their bilingual and/or ESL teacher endorsement can attend classes at half price.

Strike dovetails with public pressure to spark progress from CPS at table

10A TODAY, Sat, Oct. 19: Rally—Safe Staffing in Our Hospitals! Clinicians In Our Schools! Douglas Park, Ogden and California, across the street from Mt. Sinai hospital. SEE BELOW for full Saturday schedule. At last, CPS shows willingness to bargain on key equity...
Bargaining update and Sunday prayer service for CTU members

Bargaining update and Sunday prayer service for CTU members

The CTU’s proposed structure is designed to phase in real equity for students who are routinely denied access to school nurses, social workers, other desperately needed staff. Livestream of today’s CTU announcement is at this link. CHICAGO, Oct. 12,...
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 and SEIU Local 73 join forces for weekend art build as unions prepare for possible strike

CTU and SEIU Local 73 join forces for weekend art build as unions prepare for possible strike

1 p.m.–2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5: Press availability with art build volunteers CTU HQ, 1901 W. Carroll Ave., Chicago Artists, educators, activists, parents, students and other community allies will come together over the weekend to build the visual backdrop to a...
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...