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After decades-long struggle, Pritzker signs bill restoring CTU bargaining rights

Repeal of despised 1995 Amendatory Act gutting bargaining rights for CPS unions at last eliminates restrictions on CTU’s ability to advocate for students and families. CHICAGO, April 2, 2020—Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey issued the following...

Black educators discuss real equity in a pandemic, state electeds urge governor to sign bill restoring Union bargaining rights

As Black and Latinx communities continue to lag in vaccinations and core equity needs, CPS continues to reject sensible safety proposals in bargaining. Friday, Feb. 5, 7 a.m.: “What does equity look like in a pandemic for Black educators and Black...
Email Gov. Pritzker: Request HB2275 to Sign

Email Gov. Pritzker: Request HB2275 to Sign

On January 11, 2021, the Illinois Senate ratified HB2275, a bill that reinstates the bargaining rights taken from unions representing CPS employees back in 1995. The only remaining step in the repeal of the onerous 1995 language is for Governor J.B. Pritzker to sign the legislation. Send Gov. Pritzker a message urging him to request the legislation from House Speaker Welch so he can sign it.

IL Senate passes legislation restoring bargaining rights to CTU, as bill moves to Governor for signature

Union, grassroots allies call on legislature to restore democratic rights to Chicagoans by passing legislation giving Chicagoans what voters in every other school district in the state possess – the right to elect their school board. CHICAGO, Jan. 11, 2020—The Chicago...

CTU to go to trial on CPS’ refusal to bargain over reopening, as union pushes for trial date next week

CHICAGO, Dec. 17, 2020—Today the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB), on a split 2-1 vote, denied the Union’s request to seek a preliminary injunction against CPS’ unilaterally developed plan to resume in-person learning on Jan. 4. The two-member...
Urge your IL senator to support bargaining rights and an elected, representative school board

Urge your IL senator to support bargaining rights and an elected, representative school board

Our contract demands for the schools Chicago’s students deserve resonate with parents and communities across the city. But Chicago Public Schools continues to stall and deny students what we need. HB2275 is the Chicago Teachers Union’s bill to restore Union...

Moving forward on a monumental achievement for our union

House Bill (HB) 2275—also known as the repeal of Section 4.5—restores CTU rights to collectively bargain over layoffs, class size, staffing levels, cleanliness, school day and year length, and other non-salary issues.